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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 

THE Z. SMITH REYNOLDS LIBRARY 







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GIFT OF 



Historical 
C«l!«ctton 



Emerson Searcy 



ACROSS THE YEARS 

WITH 




BaLfociR 
Baptist 

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1908 



1985 



WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 

THE Z. SMITH REYNOLDS LIBRARY 







CALL NO. 




part 
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GIFT OF 



Eherson Searcy 



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"Where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord." 



BALFOUR BAPTIST CHURCH 

2511 Asheville Highway (U.S. 25) 
Balfour, N.C. (2 miles North of Henderson ville) 

—Affiliated with The Southern Baptist Convention- 



Thai this may be a sign among you, 

that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 

what mean ye by these stones? then shall ye answer them 

Joshua 4:6-7 6V^& 

3**7 



DEDICATED TO: 

The memory of all those who have out-stripped us in the race of time 
who have helped make these pages of history possible... 

And to the challenge of our present membership not to drop the torch 
now, but to hold it high and give the next generation something to 
build on. 



And gave him to be head over all things to the church 

Eph. 1:22 



CONTENTS 

tard 

)r's Message 

gnition 

s about Stoney Mt. Church 

i History of Balfour Community and Church 

view with Mrs. Molly Eye 

Timers 

i Church Roll 

ch Buildings 

onages 

or Ministry 

ton Ministry 

:rch Conference 

*re were you Baptized 



».rch Membership 

V 



5 

6 

7 

9 

17 

19 

21 

22 

' 28 

32 

41 

43 

46 

48 

49 

56 

59 

62 

66 

69 

69 

74 

75 

76 

77 

81 

82 

e Church Today " 

irrent Church Roll ' 32 

story Committee's Comments '^4 



Report 

lociational Activity 

'irch and Civic 

M.U. and World Missions 

i:al Missions 

fday School 

cation Bible School 

Urch Training 

.sic 

morials 

vivals 

.tistics 

>w and Then 



WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 
LIBRARY 



FORWARD 

What a blessing it has been for us to ponder over the path of the saints of Balfour Baptist Churc 
since its origin in 1908. The past events that probably, at the time, seemed insignificant to man; 
stands out in our research as key pieces to the puzzle that we have tried to put together. Th 
faithfulness of the members ignited by their love for the Savior is what has made Balfour Baptis 
Church a monument to the grace of God. Evidence of sacrificial service marks the pages of it 
history from the beginning until the present. There have been thrilling times, but there has also be© 
discouraging times. Times when men's wisdom wavered and their strength failed only to show tha 
the Captain is able to bring his ship through the storms. It is his name that we wish to magnify ii 
compiling these few pages of highlights of the history of this church. He gave himself for the churcl 
and there is no question but what he is interested in its every step along the journey. 

We never want to forget the ones that have out-run us in the race of time, leaving behind their wel 
marked path through this community. Their lives remain a constant challenge to all of us that wt 
might also leave behind a history and a church that will be a blessing to the on-coming generations 

We regret that all the material collected could not be printed in this limited volume, but we trus 
that what is used will prove to be a real testimony that God has greatly blessed its membership. Oui 
roots have unquestionably been planted well and deep. So let us bear much fruit and may it never rx 
said of our forerunners that they "labored in vain". 

We cannot swear that every piece of information put forth in this book is 100% correct, but thf 
committee has put out an honest effort to tell it like it was. If there appears to be any prejudice 01 
leaning in any certain direction other than to glorify the Lord, it is unintentional and we ask that yov 
be considerate of our human limitations. Remember none of us are perfect — just forgiven. 



THE HISTORY COMMITTEE 

Melissa Bryson 

Sharion Bolden 

Harry Newman 

Harold Pruitt 

Emerson Searcy (Chairman) 



PASTOR'S MESSAGE 




)d has richly blessed Balfour Baptist Church in it's heritage over the years by giving numerous 
jn and women to serve in the many capacities as pastor, deacon, teacher, Sunday school worker 
d so forth. 

>elieve the church ought to continue its work every day , every week, and every month of the year, 
le devil never lets up and we should never let down. There is no time that isn't a good time to do 
s work of the Lord. We should strive to be like a giant steel mill that cannot shut down without 
jmendous cost and preparation; the furnaces burn and roar night and day. 

jt the church be just that way! We cannot shut down or close up without tremendous change of 
:art and soul; Our spirits will not let us. We must work the work of our Lord; the truth is that when 
e can strive no longer ... the day of grace is over. 

^ have labored together at Balfour in an effort to extend the ministries of the congregation into 
/ery area of human life and into every day and season of the year. It is a joy to see our people play- 
tg, learning, praying, singing, studying, teaching, working, doing what God would have his people 
d who have come out of the world and into the glories of the kingdom of our dear Lord. 

»ewey A. Thomas, Pastor 



RECOGNITION 

To render complete recognition to all deserving people who have helped the committe 
accumulate the information for this book would be impossible. Sometimes just a mention of a name 
a place, or an incident opened up new avenues of much-needed material. 

Our own church members have been the greatest help of all and are placed No. 1 in ou 
recognition list. They have come forth continually with pictures, printed articles, suggestions, am 
especially with memories which have made this book a success. Church, we thank you! 

Others outside our membership who have contributed also are listed below. Again, we confess th 
list is incomplete. 

Carolina Baptist Association Office 

East Flat Rock Baptist Church 

David Arledge 

Furman University 

Mrs. Tom Orr 

Wake Forest University 

Anderson College 

Henderson County Library 

Toby Gilreath (photographer) 

Greenville News 

Mrs. Steve Pace 

Budget Printing Center, Inc. 

Barbers Studio 

Thickety Baptist Church (Clyde, NC) 

Galeed Baptist Church (Bladenboro, NC) 



NOTES OF INTEREST ABOUT 
STONEY MOUNTAIN BAPTIST CHURCH 



BELOW TABLES TAKEN FROM ASSOCIATIONAL MINUTES 



STASTICAL TABLE OF THE CITURCES FOR 1902. 



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J F. WoodQn . . . 

R Hudgins 

Johing Walker . 

A. R. Love 

E. Allison 

E. Allison 

Root Gilbert . .. 

E. Allison .-. 

A. 1. Justice . . . 

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R tludgin 

J. F. Woodfin.. . . 
W*. S. Huntley... 
J. L. Brooksbire 
T. C. Holtzclaw . 

W. F. Powell 

IS. G. Gibson . . . 
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\i. O. Wall 

W. A. Morris... 
|.J. L. Brooksbire 
L. E. Sentell.-... 
|W. S. Huntley . 

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J. A. Frazier 

W. E. Field., .... 
M. E Sarocy .... 
T. S. Williams.. 
J- A. Maddrey. . 

R. K. Orr 

P. T. Ward 

ii. L. Lausjbter.. 
Win. IS". Corn... . 

G. A Thorn 

N. T. Hit! il low. 
G. W. Conner. . 
W. H. Lance . . . 
W. K. Huntley.. 

a. G. Mace 

J. K. Hamilton. . 

J E. Alle.i 

W. J. Baldwin.. 
(3. J. Patterson 
E. L. Sin. -lair. . 

J. P. Corn 

J. P. Wilkie... 
A. J. McMinn .. 

1. E. Cox 

W. P. Maxwell.. 
W. B Wilkie . 



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Edoeyville 
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ELIJAH ALLISON, former pastor of 
Stoney Mtn. Church. 



MORE ABOUT STONEY MOUNTAIN CHURCH 



Elder Elijah Allison (twin) to Eli: 
Allison, conducted a revival in the G 
Creek Church about the year 1881. 
resided in the home of Brother Jero 
Benjamin Freeman. He was a v< 
heavy and corpulent man in bod 
build. He was full of fun, jokes a 
pranks. He liked to tease the Freerr 
boys. He siezed a gun and fired it ii 
the air to scare "Cuff," a dog belor 
ing to the little boy Robert Patters 
Freeman. The dog became "gun-sir 
and ran away screaming at the top of i 
voice. This angered the little boy to 1 1 
point of disgust for the ' 'fat Preacher > 

During the revival conducted 
Elder Elijah Allison in the winter 
1881 , Lolly Freeman, John Freeman and Grace Freeman, all found the Saviour, and were baptizi 
in Cane Creek, and united with the Fair View Baptist Church. The ordinance was performed in 1 
afternoon at the confluence of Ashworth Creek and Cane Creek. A "rack-pole" stretched across tl 
creek to prevent the cattle from proceeding further up the creek. Several boys sat on tl 
"rack-pole" during the progress of the baptismal service and suddenly it broke and into the wate 
fell all the boys as the waters were mixed with floating ice. 

The "Preacher" Brother Elijah Allison laughed, and the people thought he was shouting. Marie 
Freeman, a brother to Jerome Benjamin, was directing the music for the service, was so overcon 
with laughter and emotion, that he threw down his hymn book and ran to the house to laugh. Broth 
Elijah Allison was so fond of fun and pranks and some of the brethren, knowing that he liked to sw< 
horses, traded him a "stump-sucking" horse. The "joke" was on the "Preacher" to the gre 
amusement of the Freeman boys, whose dog "Cuff" he had frightened and made "gun-shy.' 

ABOVE ARTICLE TAKEN FROM RECORDS AT WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY. 



Calico Party at 

Stoney Mountain 

Tkerewtilbe * "Calico Fartj" at 

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NEWS ITEM taken from 
French Broad Hustler, Hender- 
son County's local newspaper 
in 1908. 



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EARLY HISTORY OF BALFOUR COMMUNITY AND CHURCH 

As people began to settle in Henderson County, small communities sprang up. The railroad was 
panding and people were struggling to make a start here in these Western North Carolina 

juntains. 

In 1889, a Captain William Balfour Troy established a rock quarry that produced stones for the 
ilroad. This small community decided to be named Balfour in honor of the captain's family. 
The quiet town of Balfour has been an industrial community almost from its beginning. 
Balfour grew up around Berkeley Mills, originally Balfour Mills, which was established in 1924 
Captain Ellison A. Smythe, a South Carolina textile man who fell in love with the mountains of 
estern North Carolina. 

Balfour Mills manufactured top quality cotton print cloth. To house the mill workers, Smythe built 
tillage containing some 105 houses around the plant site. 

Balfour also had an orphanage known as the mountain orphanage. It was established in 1904 in 
lywood County and moved to Balfour several years later. When the home outgrew its facilities 
re, it moved to its present site now the Presbyterian Home for Children of Black Mountain. 
Religion has also played an important role in the lives of Balfour's residents down through the 
■ars. When the mill was built in 1924, the only church was Balfour Baptist Church. 
Balfour Baptist Church was originally organized in an old schoolhouse at the foot of Stoney 
ountain. The people gathered there for their worship of our Lord and was known as Stoney 
ountain Baptist Church. 

In 1907 the congregation decided they needed to build a church and move from the schoolhouse. 
Picnics and calico parties were given to help raise money for the new church. 
Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Spence donated 1 acre of land located at Balfour on Hwy. 69 (now U.S. 25) 
ttween Hendersonville and Asheville, North Carolina. 

The church building was constructed and on May 10, 1908 the church was dedicated. Stoney 
[ountain Baptist Church was changed to Balfour Baptist Church. 




J. VOL RHODES relaxing in front of the building used for the orphanage in Balfour. 



COPIED FROM A 1908 EDITION OF 
THE FRENCH BROAD HUSTLER 






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DhDICATION OF 

Balfol k Baptist 
Church 

REV. W A. MORRIS, Pastor. 
Dear Friend: 

You ire cordially invited to 
■ttend the Special Services of 
Church Dedication at Balfour, 
N. C, 10 a. m., Sunday, May 
10th, 1908, and share with the 
church and Sunday school mem- 
bership in the exercises as out- 
lined in the following Program ; 

Programme 

Address of welcome, 
by Superintendent E. J. Rhodes. 
Song, Infant olaas greeting, 
Mrs. J. W. Crawford, leader. 

Congratulatory responses, 

by J. L. Orr and R. H. Staton. 

Song Service, 

by the Sunday School. 

Scripture Reading. 

Prayer. 

Dedication Addresses by 

C. S. Jones, E. Allison, 

Rev. Cole. 

Mueic, by Visiting Choir. 

Refreshment., Social Greetiags. 

2. p. m. Song Service. 

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MR. SPENCE THANKED FOR 
DONATING LAND FOR CHURCH BUILDING 



em Railway for §; 
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ties of ftsh and game, which na- 
turally will result from the ex- 



cursion. 



>v*ii£p«i On Wednesday, July 8, the 
u> um «r»t Balfour Baptist Church will give 
> M^odaot ^ ^ crcftm gupper at the reai- 

ioof bMo • dence of Mr. W. H. Spencer, 
f •*trt mr\y near the church. There will be 
■ a brass band, and every effort 
will be made to give those attend- 
ing the pleasantest time possible. 
Every body is cordially invited 
to attend. 

la this eonnaetioo the Bmiioar 
church wishes to thank Mr. Spen- 
S cer for his generous donation of 
land for the church building, 
which is fully appreciated by 
the congregation. 



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Jod's Word Says... 

nd he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; 
is leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 

Psalm 1:3 



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THIS INFORMATION RETRIEVED FROM 

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY AS FILED BY 

W.E. HAMMOND IN 1930 

883-f°ur B&pUGl church, EaJfpur,.VcrU: Carolina, October ?lst. 2920, 

Ti.o Baptist Church at Balfour, N.C. 1b a Missionary Baptist Church, 
Is located pbout 500 yards from the post office of Balfour, N.O. the 
Church is located on the Main hlth-way No 69 between Henders.-.r.vil le , 
and A6hevlll6,N.C. The Land that the Church Is built on, was given 
by Mr. and Mrs .W.H. Spence, Deed Recorded in Deed Book No 57. Page No 4 
dated February 19th. 1907, 

Khjr.ee of Pastors who has served this Church fro* 19C7 to 1930, 
Rev.W.A.NorriB.Rev.Waae Sinclair , Re v. Samuel Hunt] ey , Rev. R. p. Corn, 
Rev. Ha John Aldridge,Rev. Liner, Rev. H.K. Mace , Rev. N.B. Phillips, 
Rev.M.L.LewlB, Rev. C.E.Bly the , 

The FirBt Deacons or Trustees of Balfour Baptist Church were. 
J.E.Allen, Jas. Lee. Riley Hootes, and Square Collins, 

From 1908 to 1924, the Church had a Membership of 25 to 50, and in 1924, 
Captain Ellison A.Smyth, Built a Cotton Mill in the Balfour Community 
which was added 112 more Famleys, and In 1926, the church was Enlarged 
at a cost of about ( 3.800.oo) which waB raised by and through the 
Members of Balfour Church, the Church at present has ( 7 ) Sunday School 
Rooms , 

Rev. C.E.Bly the , is the present pastor, and ha6 been pastor of Balfour 
Church for the past Two Years, The Balfour Baptist at Present has a 
Membership of about 225 Members, They have half time preaching services 
Sunday School every Sunday Morning with Enrolment of ( 207 ) and Prayer 
services ever Wednesday Evening, 

B.E.Hammond, Supt' Sunday School, J . B. Stansell , Secty . E .S. Justus , Church 
Clerk, F.M.McCarson, Asst. Supt' Sunday Scnool , 

The fust Office and Rail Road Station was secured by Captain Troy, who 
was the First Man to develop the Community called BALFOUR, Captain Troy 
Cleared sevtral Acres of Land and Established a Rock Quarry, just how 
This Community was called " BALFOUR" is unknown to the writer, 

They h»ve beer. Two of the Members of Balfour Baptist Church, been called 
to Preach, ana »as Recommended to be licened to preach by the Members of 
r.oilcur fiif'-ist Church, and they vere ordained in Balfour Eaptist Church, 

Tiit-y »c: = hcv ..-j.u.f.'irgcnt, and Rev.Eugen Coker, 



i ihi Address of our Faster is) 







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BALFOUR MILL and village as many remember them after 1924. 




AN INTERVIEW WITH 
MRS. MOLLY EYE 

Mrs. Molly Eye sat in the living room 
of her son's home on Sunday afternoon, 
March 31, 1985, with eyes sparkling 
and a chipper voice ready to talk about 
the good old days surrounding the 
origin of Balfour Baptist Church. So 
many items of interest seem to stand out 
so clearly in her mind concerning the 
church, her family, and her friends. 

The first topic of discussion was the 
dedication of the Balfour Baptist 
Church in 1908. She was quick to say 
"I was at that dedication ... I was 
MOLLY EYE there!" When the first pastor of the 

church, Rev. W.A. Morris, was men- 
tioned she said, "I remember him very well - he baptized me." Concerning the attendance at the 
dedication she explained "Everybody and his bother was there - it was all day with dinner on the 
grounds." 

Mrs. Eye was born on July 1 , 1899 to Mr. and Mrs. John Carver and was partially raised at the 
"Cristy Place" near the Furman McCarson home on Halsbury Avenue before moving to a location 
on the Stoney Mountain Road. That house is now gone leaving only the old "smoke house" stan- 
ding. Mrs. Eye explained that the shed built onto the smoke house was "Where Papa had his chicken 
nests". 

Mr. and Mrs. Carver and some of their children were charter members of the newly dedicated 
church. Mrs. Eye was baptized at the Balfour Rock Quarry and joined the church about 1910. Mr. 
Carver was employed at the rock quarry then operated by Mr. Troy. 

When asked, "Do you remember the Stoney Mountain Schoolhouse?" she replied "Yes, I went 
to the Stoney Mountain School!" As far as the building's present existence, she strongly inserted 
"Do you know the old Tony Constant place? - that's it. I can tell you that!" We were also informed 
that the Balfour Elementary School replaced the Stoney Mountain School . 

How about the music in the early days of the church? Mrs. Eye commented, "We had an organ 
and we had a very good choir". As far as her participation in the choir she said, "No I wasn't quite 
old enough". Ethel and Louise Bowen (sisters of Jennie Bowen) were the organists. "We had Sun- 
day night service I think sometime but not regular". 

Horse and wagon was the accepted mode of transportation in 1908. Mrs. Eye recalled, "Papa 
would take the wagon to Balfour Church and Aunt Sally (Bowen) would go with us and we would 
have a regular service going and coming. We'd sing to the top of our voices. Honestly and truly she 
(Aunt Sally) was one of the most wonderful people that I have ever known in my life. She was just as 
full of fun as she could be and yet she was just as sincere as the best person on earth. She was really a 
wonderful christian". 

Family worship was also a highlight in her life. "I guess one of my first recollections was my dad- 
dy having family prayer with us", she said, "Mama would read the Bible and we would have family 
prayer". These thoughts brought out the comment, "Well, I'll tell you - I don't think anybody in 
this world ever had a better mother than I did." 

Her face seemed to light up afresh when someone asked if she was aware of the Hefner wedding 
being the first one performed in the church. Her response was, "That was my sister - my sister 
Edith - she married Walter Hefner, I was there!" 

How about the orphanage in Balfour, do you remember it? "Oh yes, I certainly do - very well. A 
man by the name of Temple operated it." She told us that it was later moved to Black Mountain. 

She referred to the railroad and the station near the Berkeley Road crossing where passengers 
boarded. The post office was also in the same vicinity with Mr. Josh Rhodes as one of the attendants. 

Some of the other names that she recalled in those early church years were: Mr. Spence that 
donated the land on which the church was built, Mr. Joe Newman and Mr. and Mrs. Furman Mc- 
Carson. She did not know what churches or areas that the people came from that made up the charter 
membership of Balfour Church. 

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When asked to compare the style of church services then and now, she observed that there wa 
more sincerity in the former days. Her comments were, "They probably felt their religion mor! 
back then than they do now. It was more real to them." 

The Carver family later became involved in other parts of the area and came back to visit Balfoi 
occasionally. Mrs. Eye is presently a member of the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville and || 
still a great inspiration to those who come in contact with her. 




THE OLD SMOKE HOUSE and attached shed Mr. Carver used to raise chickens. 



Did You Know... 

That our first pastor, Rev. W.A. Morris, was also the first pastor of East Flat Rock 1st Baptist 



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OLD TIMERS 





MRS. JAMES W. ODOM 



MRS. MAMMIE HILL 





MR. & MRS. JOHN CARVER & 
FRANCES 



MR. JOSEPH NEWMAN 




"UNCLE BEN" RAINES standing in 
front of the old church. Sunday School, 
Training Union, and building fund 
record boards are displayed on the wall. 
At the right is the church's World War 
Two Service Men's Honor Roll. Uncle 
Ben was both deacon and church custo- 
dian for several years. 



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MR. WEBSTER ERWIN 



MRS. WEBSTER ERWIN 




MR. & MRS. FURMAN McCARSON 
celebrating their 50th wedding anniver- 
sary on June 5, 1960. 



God's Word Says... 

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, becai 
he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

John 3 



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EARLY MEMBERS 1908-1924 



J.E. Allen 
B.M. Allen 
Liley Allen 
Lee Allen 
Hellon Allen 
Ethel Arington 
W.W. Bagwell 
S.A. Bagwell 
Volney Bagwell 
Miniey Bagwell 
Caley Bowen 
Jannie Bowen 
Loueus Bowen 
Ethel Bowen 
Louice Bradly 
Waldton Burg 
John Bishop 
Rachel Bishop 
Moley Byers 
Olen Byers 
Hoke Bagwell 
Ider Brown 
George Brown 
Rebeca Brown 
Maud Brown 
Gather Briggs 
J.W. Bradley 
J.W. Briggs 
Delia Briggs 
Mrs. J.W. Burge 
Nina Briggs 
James Barnwell 
Lula Barnwell 
Mis Burges 
Mrs. Sallie Byars 
Rora Blythe 
Elizabeth Blythe 
Amer Corn 
Maney Corn 
Deler Corn 
Fred Corn 
John Carver 
Alice Carver 
Mamey Carver 
Edeth Carver 
Frases Carver 
Walter Constant 
Mrs. Walter Constant 
S.J. Collens 



Morning Collens 
Roy Collens 
L.J. Collens 
Gasey Collens 
Siler Collens 
Elcey Condry 
Cordia Corn 
LP. Case 
I.T. Case 
Louis Case 
W.P. Case 
Oat Condrey 
Elen Condrey 
Molie Carver 
Gineral Case 
Vaden Constat 
Iris Constant 
Paul Corn 
Louis Case 
Mrs. Louis Case 
E.L. Collens 
Mrs. E.L. Collens 
Miss Marthe Collens 
Miss Ernie Collens 
Miss Ruth Collens 
John L. Collens 
Mrs. Salie Collens 
Joseph Dunlap 
Faney Dunlap 
Henry Dill 
Walter Flynn 
John Hill 
Oler Hill 
Oat Hollensworth 
Otis Huggins 
Giffen Justice 
Glover Justice 
W.B. Justice 
Savanah Justice 
Mammie Justice 
Lee Ande Justice 
Mrs. Lee Ande Justice 
Joey Justice 
Ethel Jamison 
Sibell Justice 
J.H. Johnson 
Saile Johnson 
W.J. Justice 
Mrs. W.S. Justice 



Elen Justice 
James Lee 
Surmantha Lee 
Casey Lee 
Lowler Lee 
Travis Livett 
Nelie Livett 
Marg Mc Carson 
James McCarson 
James J.W. McCarson 
Furmen McCarson 
John McCarson 
Bowth McCarson 
Saley McHan 
Elen McCarson 
Aney Mintes 
Sarah Mury 
Mary Mury 
Hicks McCarson 
Eler Hyder Mury 
Adline Mury 
W.A. Mason 
Mrs. W.A. Mason 
Etter Mason 
Lavada Mason 
Willey Mason 
Fred Mason 
Mrs. J.W. Mearmon 
Edgur Newman 
Joseph Newman 
M.L. Newman 
L.G. Newman 
J.C. Newman 
J.W. Newman 
Mrs. J.W. Newman 
Leeanor Newman 
Dewey Newman 
James Oarr 
Rev. C.E. Puett 
Beney Rainns 
Benn Rainns 
E.J. Rhodes 
Nanny Thomas 
Edd Tucker 
J.E. Tucker 
James Wright 
Joseph Wright 
Fradie Wright 



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THE CHURCH BUILDINGS 

The first recorded meeting place of what is now Balfour Baptist Church was in a building which i 
still in existence on Stoney Mountain Road, formally known as County Home Road. This buildinj: 
was known as Stoney Mountain School House; therefore, the congregation took the name of Stone; 
Mountain Baptist Church. Apparently, the small group met there until the early months of 190. 
when they moved into a new structure at the intersection of what is now US 25 and Berkeley Road 
At that time, the name was changed to Balfour Baptist Church. Due to the construction of Balfou 
Mills and 105 mill houses, it became necessary in 1924 to add several rooms to the church buildinj 
to accommodate new families settling in this village. 




STONEY MOUNTAIN School House 




ORIGINAL BALFOUR Baptist Church before any 
remodeling. 



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BALFOUR BAPTIST Church after remodeling. Picture taken about 1960. 



As the congregation continued to grow, dedicated believers began to see the need of larger and 
nore adequate facilities. These thoughts became reality on October 10, 1954 when ground breaking 
ook place on a previously acquired piece of property , approximately 600 yards North of present site 
in US 25. 




VIEW ESSIDE of the old church. 



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'The (.'liurrk with the Spirit of the Old (country Church" 



SimhImy School Supt. 

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Sept^-nbor 27, 1951 



Dear Fri rands in Chrioti 

Tou are especially invited to bring your lunch and 
take part in the home coming and ground breaking for the 
nev Balfour Baptist Qiurch, Sunday s October 10, at 3J:C0 

The new church will cost approximately $160 S 000„OG, 
and the auditorium will have a seating capacity of 800 
people. 

If it is iiaposeible for you to attend this service, 
we will appreciate any offering you wish to send, for we 
believe you will want to hivs a part in thia worthy cause,. 

Sincerely youre, 

Dan R„ ^yda 
EELtdb 
Enclosures 



"'Lilting ill) Jpnus in Sermon, Jontf and I estimony 



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GROUND BREAKING Oct. 10, 1954: Left to Right: F.M. McCarson, Raleigh Maxwell, Em- 
na Anderson, Faith Searcy, Earnest Erwin, Marie Huntley, Will Mills, Edna Corn, Rev. Carl 
ilythe, Bill Parham, Rev. W.C. Huntley (Pastor), Helen Seigler, Zeke Dunlap, Lucille Smith, 
Jeulah Erwin, Dan Lyda, Ed Justus, Ben Raines. 




DAN AND EULA LYDA 



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The construction of the new church building at 25 1 1 Asheville Highway continued for appro 
imately 6 years, and on August 7, 1960, the congregation met at the old church for the last time ai 
made it's departure to it's new home. A procession was formed and sang "Onward Christi 
Soldiers" as they marched to the new location. 



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CONGREGATION preparing to depart 
from old building. 




CONGREGATION proceeding 
US 25 to new church home. 



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Did You Know... 

That bats literally fell out of the bellfr 
into the auditorium of the old church? 



ARRIVING at new church location. 



For lack of funds, the church was compelled to meet in the basement of the new structure, wit 
large assembly room surrounded by 12 classrooms. This arrangement continued until April 9, IS 
when the main sanctuary was finally completed. 

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STEEPLE BEING prepared to be mounted on the new 
church. 





COMPLETED CHURCH building as it is today. 



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PARSONAGES 






The first known parsonage used by Balfour Baptist Church was a rented home located on uY 
County Home Road, owned by W.R. and Mammie Hill. This building was used by Rev. Ott 
Parham and family in the early 40's until a new pastor's home was built beside the church facing U 
25 (approximately 1946). Three pastors lived in this home: Rev. Otto Parham, Rev. W.C. Huntlej 
Rev. C.V. McCarley. 





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FIRST known parsonage on County Home 
Road. 



PARSONAGE built in the late 40's 
church on US 25 near Berkeley Road. 



Later, a land exchange was made between the church and Arthur Warren for his 19 acres ar 
house located at the extremity of Lyndhurst Drive. This was used by Rev. McCarley until after II 
purchase of the Russell property (6 acres) in 1972. Both the McCarleys and the Condred Pirkles u 
ed the Nellie Russell house as a pastorium until the present parsonage, located across the highwi 
from the church, at the intersection of US 25 and Halsbury Avenue, was completed in 1974, wh( 
Rev. Pirkle moved in. Rev. Thomas now occupies this home. 





PARSONAGE previously owned by Arthur 
Warren. 

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THE "NELLIE RUSSELL" house was 
Pastor's home. 



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OUR PRESENT PARSONAGE 



Jod's Word Says... 

ut the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him: 
either can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

I Cor. 2:14 



OTHER BUILDINGS 

Two other major buildings were constructed by the church. Due to the extensive damage done by 
Ire to the auditorium portion of the church on April 5, 1968, there came a necessity for a place for 
he congregation to worship. After 5 weeks of meeting in a warehouse in Hendersonville, the church 
ind community combined hearts and hands to erect a new building on the northeast corner of church 
woperty for a temporary worship site. The concrete block walls for this 40 x 80 building were laid 
n a single work day. According to church records, the congregation resumed worship in this struc- 
ure on May 19, 1968 and continued until the basement area was repaired and ready for use in 
December 1968. 

Later a concrete block building 50 x 90 was constructed on the back side of the former Russell 
jroperty for the purpose of maintaining buses used in the church bus ministry. This property was 
ater sold for business when the bus ministry was phased out. 

Seven houses were acquired by the church in the purchase of property from W.A. Henderson and 
iussell heirs. Before being demolished, 6 of these houses were used by students attending Fruitland 
Baptist Institute. One is currently used by a church staff member. 



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AN OUTSIDE VIEW of the Balfour Bap- 
tist Church shows the front of the church 
which; held the steeple. Early arrivers at 



the scene said the fire started In it* 
steeple —Times-News photo. 




DAMAGE caused by an early morning fire at Balfour Baptist Church 
today is indicated by this photograph taken after fire-fighting opera- 
tions had ceased. The scene looks toward the rear of the sanctuary 



showing a portion of the caved-in roof, the balcony and debris-covered 
pews. The fire was discovered shortly after 3 a.m. Witnesses said tb< 
blaze was first noticed in the church steeple. — Times-News photo. 



Blaze Discovered Early Today 



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JUILDING CONSTRUCTED for temporary worship during fire damage — now used for a 
fellowship building. 




PREVIOUS HOME of W.A. Henderson now used as home of church secretary. 



Did You Know... 

That the old church never had inside bathrooms? 



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THE PASTORIAL MINISTRY 

Hebrews 13:7 tells us to "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken untc 
you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation." These words 
quickly reveal what God thinks of his preachers and what attitude we need to have toward them. A 
church probably realizes the value of a pastor more during the weeks, and sometimes months, 
following the resignation of it's pastor. It is so evident that a church cannot operate as a church 
unless God's annointed servant is at the helm. 

There is no way to express the effect of a pastor's life in a church and its community - but we must 
continually thank God for them. The Bible teaches some men's works follow after them; therefore, 
their influence and planting of spiritual seeds can well be felt many years after their life has ceased 
on earth. 

The earliest pastors often had to serve 2 or more churches at one time. Many times, they would ar- 
rive in the community on Saturday and stay through the Sunday night meetings, visiting in the 
homes of different members. Because of this situation, the first meetings were held inconsistently, 
starting monthly and progressing to bi-monthly, and finally to a weekly basis. It is interesting to note 
the annual salary of the pastor at Balfour in 1915 was $60.00 to cover all this traveling expense. 

Two of the greatest sins probably in the church today are failing to pray for the pastor and failing 
to spiritually hear his messages. They are taken too often by the congregation as just another piece ol 
furniture in the sanctuary. It's reasonable to believe that this world would be a much better place ti 
live if the churches had always taken heed to God's messages sent through his called messengers 

Until the year of 1966, the pastors of this church were apparently elected annually. This electior 
was decided by simple majority. In the calling of Curtis McCarley, the church decided on an in< 
definite call, which is still standard policy. This is now ruled by 75% of the voting membership. 

Below are partial biographical sketches of eighteen pastors that God has blessed Balfour Baptisi 
Church with. The information is as received from the pastors (four of which are still living), front 
family, friends, and other sources. Although the sketches are incomplete, there should be enough in- 
formation to make you more acquainted with them and be blessed in seeing how God has used them 



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REV. W.A. MORRIS 



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REV. R.N. PRATT 



REV. J.R. LINER 





REV. J.B. ARLEDGE 



REV. M.K. SINCLAIR 





REV. SAM HUNTLEY 



REV. PINK CORN 



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REV. HENRY MACE 



REV. N.B. PHILLIPS 





REV. M.L. LEWIS 



REV. CARL BLYTHE 





REV. WARREN H. HARBIN 



REV. OTTO PARHAM 



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REV. W.C. HUNTLEY 



REV. CURTIS McCARLEY 





REV. CONDREI) PIRKLE 



REV. DEWEY THOMAS 



)id You Know... 

hat Sandra Corn and Robert Houck was the first couple to be married in the new auditorium of our 
lurch'' Re\ . Curtis MeCarley performed the ceremony on March 8, 1968. 



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WILLIAM ALEXANDER MORRIS (1908-1911 & 1915-1917) 

(The following account of Rev. W.A. Morris' life was provided by East Flat Rock First BaptL 
Church and was apparently written by one of his children) 

William Alexander Morris was born December 28, 1859, the son of Charles S. Morris an 
Elizabeth Taylor Morris in Henderson County. 

He received his education at the Old Judson College where he was taught by his uncle, Captai 
Brownlow Morris. He taught school for 10 years. 

On December 27, 1883, he was married to Anberry Orr, and to them was born six children, c 
whom four survive. 

At about 1900, he began preaching. He was one of the outstanding "Circuit Riders" of that time 
He pastored many churches in Buncombe, Polk, Transylvania and Rutherford and Henderson Cour 
ties, often pastoring five churches at one time, in which case, he would preach at four churches, tak 
ing one each Sunday, and then he would preach at another church on the fifth Sunday. 

His transportation was horse-back or by foot. He walked many miles between his churches an 
home. He never had a salary, or asked for an offering. On a number of occasions, he would hold 
two or three week revival and receive nothing for it. 

On his way home from his churches, he would stop at houses enroute, and have prayer meeting 
and many times new churches were organized as a result of these meetings. He organized over 2 
churches during his ministry. 

He loved little children, and they loved him and would flock around him where ever he went 

He baptized over 2500 people during his ministry. There was a man in one community where h 
preached who was very ill. During his illness, he had received Christ as his Saviour and he did nc 
want to die without being baptized. It was impossible to move him, so my father baptized him in tb 
bath tub. 
The Rev. Morris passed away January 15, 1941. 

COLUMBUS DUREN COLE 1911-1912 

Columbus Duren Cole, referred to in the early church minutes as Rev. CD. Cole, was born 0| 
September 3, 1859 in Ducktown, Term. Very little information was found concerning his younge 
years. He was married to Essie Nanney and has one granddaughter, Mrs. Stephen Pace, living in th 
county in the Dana section. 

Rev. Cole was known to have pastored the following Baptist churches in Henderson Count) 
Balfour, Mt. Moriah, and Dana Baptist. He passed away in the Fletcher Hospital (known as th 
"Mt. San" at that time) after living 82 years, 5 months, and 18 days. He was buried in the Re fug 
Baptist Church graveyard on February 22, 1942. 

R.N. PRATT 1913 

After practically no information on Rev. R.N. Pratt, it was a blessing to come in contact wit 
Mrs. Tom Orr, now age 84, of the Howard Gap Road. Being a former member of his church 
Ebenezer in her youth, she remembered Brother Pratt well and was a piano student of Mrs. Prat 

Mrs. Orr also informed us that Rev. Pratt left this area for Anderson, S.C. to teach the Bible in 
college, which was found to be Anderson College. Dr. Pratt taught here from 1922 until 1927 ar 
had Pratt Hall named in his honor. 

Dr. Pratt was born in Abbeville County in 1849, son of R. Pratt and Louise Ellis Pratt. He attencj 
ed Erskine College, Furman University and Southern Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Ge 
trude, had 4 children, 1 of which is still surviving - Constance Pratt Sweedenburg of Anderson, S.C 

His S.C. pastorates include 2nd Baptist Church of Columbia, 1st Baptist Church of Bennettsvilli 
1st Baptist Church of Abbeville, and he was also Chaplain for the House of Representatives for S.C 
In Henderson County, he pastored the following churches: French Broad, Balfour, Fruitland, ar 
Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

Rev. Pratt passed away on March 23, 1928 after 50 years of ministry and activities in many educ 
tional circles. 

JAMES REUBEN LINER 1913-1915 

(The following information and photo were graciously supplied by Oak Grove Baptist Churc 
Clyde, N.C. which Rev. Liner founded in 1899.) 

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i James Reuben Liner was born in Haywood County on July 31, 1874. He was married to Mary 
[yatt, also of Haywood County. They had 10 children - 6 boys and 4 girls, all deceased except 2 
fho live in Charlotte, N.C. 

Rev. Liner pastored churches in Henderson, Haywood, Buncombe, and Transylvania counties, 
jften serving 2 or 3 at one time. Along with a Methodist minister by the name of Jimison, he held Bi- 
le meetings in several counties also. 

, Endowed with a determination and desire to live for God, Rev. Liner worked diligently toward the 
oal of winning others to Christ. He died June 8, 1950 and is buried in the Ratcliff Cove Cemetery in 

ay wood County. 

JOHN BLACKSTONE ARLEDGE 1917-1918 

The below information was received in an interview with Rev. Arledge 's daughter, Mrs. Helen 
Vyatt from Try on, N.C.) 

John B. Arledge was born in Polk County on May 18, 1863 and was married to Janie Newman on 
Jctober 8, 1885. He was later licensed to preach by Mount Lebenan Church on November 19, 
J901 . The Arledges had eleven children with only three living at the present. 

Saluda was home for the preacher while carrying out his ministry in this area. He would board a 
ain in Saluda on Saturday, once a month, and come to Hendersonville or to Horse Shoe to 
joderate church business meetings or preach. He would divide his time and days between the chur- 
hes that he pastored here. Usually he would return home by train on Mondays unless he had a 
jneral to conduct, which might delay him until Wednesday getting home. He had no formal educa- 
on, but through self-study and reading, he became a giant for the Lord. 

Mrs. Wyatt remembers his preaching in the following churches: Mt. Moriah, and Balfour in 
(enderson County; Friendship and Silver Creek Baptist in Saluda; Morgan Chapel and Ingleside 
vhich he helped establish) in Landrum, S.C.; and Coopers Gap Baptist Church. 

Rev. Aldredge suffered a stroke while conducting a service at Silver Creek Baptist Church as his 
rother was leading in prayer. He lived about three more years with his daughter, Helen (not mar- 
led at that time), before passing away on Oct. 18, 1934. 

WADE F. SINCLAIR 1918-1920 

Wade F. Sinclair was born Aug. 16, 1883 in Gerton, NC. Although he did not finish high school, 
rod greatly used him in this area. He was saved at the age of 14 and was married to Jennette Justus 
n Aug. 13, 1902. They had three sons and one daughter: Frank - deceased, Ruth - housewife in 
.ancaster, S.C., Hubert - deceased (was a Baptist minister in S.C.), and Herbert - an electrical 
ngineer in Oak Ridge, Term. 

Mr. Sinclair preached his first message at Middle Fork Baptist Church in August, 1901 and was 
rdained Dec. 5, 1913 in Inman, S.C. He pastored 25 churches in North and South Carolina, in- 
luding Hoopers Creek, Balfour, Mt. Gilead, French Broad, and Calvary - all in Henderson Coun- 
f. 

Rev. Sinclair was moderator of the Carolina Baptist Association in 1919 and was active in 
vangelism throughout his ministry. He was founder and director of Faith Christian Day School and 

I 1969 a new building was erected in his honor. On one single occasion in Winnsboro, S.C, he 
aptized 145 people. Mr. Sinclair passed away on Sept. 10, 1965. 

S.F. (SAM) HUNTLEY 1920-1923 

S.F. (Sam) Huntley lived from April 6, 1864 to June 25, 1946. He was known as the "Great 
Levivalist" and pastored churches until he was 82. From 1906 to 1944 he pastored 22 churches in 
McDowell, Polk, and Henderson Counties. His longest pastorate was for 24 years at Ebenezer. He 
/as born in Rutherford County and studied the "Blue Back Speller." Later, on Feb. 3, 1882, he 
larried Lula Hill. They had seven children. 

Mr. Huntley was converted in the fall of 1901, called to preach in 1902, and was ordained in 
905. 

In addition to the churches he pastored, he preached in 77 other churches and also in schools, 
omes, and prison camps. He baptized 1266, conducted 1391 funerals, and kept a running record on 

II names, dates, and places. He bought and wore out five new cars. 

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R.P. (PINK) CORN 1923-1924 

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R.P. (Pink) Corn raised. a family of six children after marrying Amanda Elizabeth Maxwell or 

May 8, 1887. All six are now deceased. They were as follows: Gertrude Estell (married Hendrb, 
Justus), Josephine (married Baxter Lanning), Essie Ola (married Glaspy Newman), Robert Elberj 
(married Lavada Irene Henderson), Jesse Albert (married Mallee Gertrude Henderson) and 
William. Jesse Albert and Robert Elbert were twins. 

Rev. Corn was born April 4, 1867 in Henderson County and attended Fruitland Institute. He wai- 
ordained to preach on Jan. 12, 1907. Other than Balfour, he pastored Beulah Baptist and possibl;] 
Bat Cave Baptist. Rev. Corn passed away on March 6, 1944. 

HENRY HAYWOOD MACE 1924-1925 

Henry H. Mace was born in Pickens County, S.C. on May 23, 1883 and was married to Nancj 
Carolina King on Feb. 11, 1903. They had six children: Otis Arnold (deceased), Joe K. (retired) 
Sidney M. (deceased), Rosa Edna Hammond (retired), Roy Lenoir (deceased), and John H. Maa 
(retired). 

With limited education, Rev. Mace was used greatly by the Lord in this area. His spiritual lift 
began to flourish in his early 30's and he was ordained to preach at the Pleasant Grove Baptis 
Church. 

His pastorates include the following Baptist churches: Jones Gap, Balfour, Mountain Valley 
West Hendersonville (which he helped found and was the first pastor there), Pleasant Grove, Cedai 
Springs, and Glenwoodin Easley, S.C. 

Rev. Henry Mace was the grandson of Rev. George Washington Mace who was one of the firs 
Circuit Riders ministering to many churches and people in Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, North anc 
South Carolina. His last sermon was at Mt. Olivet Church - the same church in which his grandson 
many years later, preached his funeral. 

Rev. Mace labored on the associational level as well as in evangelism, preaching revivals ii 
several churches. He never retired, but pastored Mountain Valley Baptist Church until his death or 
Sept. 28, 1955. 



N.B. PHILLIPS 1926 



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N.B. Phillips was born at Mars Hill, N.C. on May 21, 1876. He gained his education at Mars Hil 
College and Wake Forest University. He was married to Zenora Hunter on June 15, 1902 and hac 
eight children: Clarabel, Walter, Broadus, Edgar, Ruth, Fred, Eugene, and Juanita. He was savet 
at Little Ivey Baptist Church at the age of twelve. 

Among the churches he pastored were: Balfour Baptist, Fairview Baptist for twelve years, and a 
East Flat Rock First Baptist for 38 years. Mr. Phillips retired from pastoring in Aug. 1963 and pass 
ed away April 18, 1973. 

MARVIN LEE LEWIS 1926-1928 

Marvin Lee Lewis was born Aug. 6, 1888 and died Oct. 20, 1970 at the age of 82. He was ; 
graduate of Hiawassee Institute in Georgia. 

He served as pastor in several churches in Cherokee and Clay Counties before coming to th< 
Asheville area. He served pastorates in Asheville, Brevard, Lincolnton, Morganton, Hazelwood 
Asheville, and Candler. The churches in Henderson County that he pastored are as follows: Balfour 
Fletcher, Dana, Tuxedo, and Refuge Baptist Church. He also served as moderator of the Haywocx, 
County Baptist Association until his retirement in 1954. 

During retirement, he was used by several churches as interim pastor and also operated his owi 
nursery for a few years. 

Mr. Lewis was married to Carrie Mae Davis. They had five sons: Otis K. of Brevard, Willard J 
of Tuxedo, Carson of Zirconia, Fred of Candler, and Grady L. Lewis of Hendersonville. They als< 
had one daughter, Mrs. Charles Fox of Asheville, N.C. 



C.E. (CARL) BLYTHE 1928-1941 

Carl E. Blythe was born in the Pleasant Grove section of Henderson County on Oct. 27, 1882. Hi 
was the son of Mr. F.H. Blythe who was a miller in his community. Carl married Ella Orr on Dec 

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, 1902 and they had six children: Oscar (deceased), Coy (deceased), Lois B. Powell, Florence 
edel, Kate Dalton, and Jewel Riggs. 

He was converted at the age of 13 and felt the call to preach for over 20 years before entering the 
inistry. This decision was made as he was stricken down with pneumonia for three months which 
ought him near death. On Jan. 24, 1920, he was ordained and began his ministry with the Turkey 
reek Baptist Church where he served as pastor. Other churches that he pastored are: Holly Spr- 
gs, Crab Creek, Pleasant Hill, Valley Hill, Carr's Hill, Pleasant Grove, Tryon Second, Pisgah 
?rest, Mud Creek, Beulah, Mountain Page, Balfour, Etowah, Cooper's Gap, Boyleston, 
benezer, and Blantyre. Rev. Blythe helped ordain 10 other preachers, performed 250 marriages, 
)nducted 1400 funerals, baptized 1600, pastored 6 churches at one time for seven years, never had 
vacation, and never "failed to preach on the Lord's Day." 

lie above statistics cover the first 35 years of his ministry. He passed away on Jan. 17, 1964). 

WARREN H. HARBIN 1941 

Rev. Warren H. Harbin was born in Seneca, S.C. April 12, 1890 and died in Williamston, S.C. 
*i July 21 , 1967 at the age of 78. He was the son of Wibb and Susan Phillips Harbin and was mar- 
ed to Lilly Toccoa Land. 

His last pastorate was at Calvary Baptist Church in Williamston prior to retirement. He formerly 
Id pastored at Woodside, West Greenville, and Flat Rock Baptist Church in S.C; and Balfour 
aptist Church in N.C. 

The Harbins had 5 boys and 1 girl. All are deceased except Mrs. Earl (Grace) Dillard of Clemp- 
«n and Billy of Williamston. 
'Bro. Harbin only served Balfour Baptist Church for one year. 

OTTO PARHAM 1942-1948 

Otto Parham was born in Leicester, N.C. on March 9, 1903. On June 8, 1927 he was married to 
[innie Edmonds. They had five children: Betty P. Caldwell, Waynesville, N.C; Billy C. Parham, 
ichmond, Va.; James T. Parham, Canton, N.C; Viola P. Stuart, Canton, N.C; and Connie P. 
mkins, Waynesville, N.C. 

Rev. Parham was converted at Elk Mountain Baptist church in 1920, answered the call to preach 
! 1922 and was ordained October 26, 1923. He pastored the following Baptist churches: 
(acodonia, Turkey Creek, Elk Mountain, Deaverview, Balfour, West Canton, Mt. Moriah, Horse 
loe, Aliens Creek, and Holly Springs. 

Rev. Parham retired from the pastorate in 1967 and served as Chaplain at the Haywood County 
bspital until 1985. He and his wife reside at the present in Waynesville, N.C. 

WILLIAM C. HUNTLEY 1948-1966 

William C. Huntley, with a total of 18 years at Balfour Baptist as pastor, was born on Nov. 3, 
=*1 1 at Bat Cave, N.C. He was married to Marie Griffin on Nov. 27, 1935 and they have two 
nighters. He accepted Christ on Oct. 4, 1930 and started his ministry in 1931, with his ordination 
'llowing in 1932. 

Rev. Huntley pastored 10 Baptist churches including Balfour, Hoopers Creek, and is presently the 
istor of East Hendersonville Baptist Church, where he has been for fifteen years. He is well known 
; an evangelist and states "Running well at 73 and still pastoring. . .Feel like Brother Caleb when he 
'anted to take the mountain." 

He gives the Holy Spirit credit for bringing him across 54 years of ministry and is confident that 
t is still secure in His care. Rev. Huntley has preached the gospel to Henderson County over radio 
ation WHKP for the past thirty-five years. 

CURTIS VANCE McCARLEY 1965-1973 

Curtis Vance McCarley began preaching in 1946 and was ordained in 1948. His physical birth 
ate was Jan. 16, 1930 and his spiritual birth date was 1937. On July 12, 1950, he was married to 
'Hie Edmonds and they had one son, Curtis Vance, Jr. who is also a pastor at this time. 

Rev. McCarley was born in Anderson, S.C. and went to the Boys High School there. Later he 
Inished North Greenville Junior College, Furman University, Southwestern Baptist Theological 

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Seminary in Forth Worth, Texas, and also attended Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida 
His pastorates included: Cox Chapel Baptist, Merritta, S.C.; Oak Grove Baptist, Landrum, S.C.; 
First Baptist, Springtown, Texas; Mtn. View Baptist, Cowpens, S.C. and Balfour Baptist. 

His associational work consisted of: Moderator of Association in Texas, Chairman of Evangelisrc 1 
in Texas, and was on several committees until he became in such demand for Bible Conferences anc 1 
evangelistic meetings. While pastoring Balfour, Rev. McCarley averaged 15 to 20 revivals a year 
Prior to his coming to Balfour, he was in full time evangelism for 4 years. He was fatally injured in i 
dump truck accident while spreading gravel beside the pastorium on Jan. 25, 1973. 

B. CONDRED PIRKLE 1973-1980 

B. Condred Pirkle was born in Hall County on November 4, 1932. His educational background i:i 
as follows: East Crips High School in Cordele, Ga., Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas 
Mercer University in Macon, Ga.; and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth 
Texas. He graduated from the latter in May 1965. On June 26, 1955 he was married to Lucy Led 
Sims of Cordele, Ga., who is also a graduate of Mercer University. They have no children. 

Rev. Pirkle was saved in August 1944 and answered the call to preach in 1954. He was licensed t(; 
preach in May 1955 and was ordained in November 1956. He served the following Baptist Churches 
as pastor: Antiock in Richland, Ga.; Mt. Carmel, Dexter, Ga.; Macedonia in Mclntyre, Ga.; B.Hi 
Carroll Memorial in Ft. Worth, Texas; Tharpe Memorial in Perry, Ga.; and Balfour Baptist. Sina 
then he has been busy in full time evangelism preaching in the North West, Plains States, Westeri; 
States, Central, Northeast and Southeastern States. He has preached in area-wide crusades hi 
Alabama and Georgia, as well as crusaded in India in 1974. 

Three booklets entitled, "A Scriptural Guide to Personal Revivals", "A Scriptural Guide to Auj 
in Victorious Living", and "A Scriptural Guide to Walking in the Spirit" were written by him. 

Rev. Pirkle's doctrinal position - "I believe the entire Bible to be the infallible, inerrant word O' 
God and our final authority in policy and practice." 

DEWEY A. THOMAS 1981-? 

Dewey A. Thomas was born in Lintz, Austria while his father was on a military assignment ii 
Europe. He spent his teenage years in Ridgecrest, N.C. while living with his grandparents. 

On August 7, 1971 , he was married to Bettie Silver, formerly of Madison County. They have twc 
daughters: Amy Lee, 8; and Laura Ann, 4 years old. They are anticipating bringing the total to thre 
children within a few months. 

Rev. Thomas was saved in June, 1974, called to preach in September of the same year, and wa 
ordained on June 25, 1978. He attended Fruitland Baptist Institute, graduated from Wingate Colleg 
in Charlotte, N.C. and is at the present pursuing his masters degree through Western Carolin 
University. 

In the early years of his ministry, he served as youth director in the Skyland Methodist Church. L 
the association he has filled the offices of director of youth camp and was chairman of the Famil; 
Life Committee. 

Rev. Thomas has served two Baptist Churches as pastor. He was at Macedonia in Jefferson, S.C 
for three years and became the pastor of Balfour in April 1981, where he is currently ministering 

His thrill in serving the Lord presently cancels all thoughts of retirement, and the anticipation o 
the rapture causes death to be an afterthought. 



Did You Know... 

That our church had Youth Rallies every Saturday night in the 50's? 



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DEACON MINISTRY 

'he two church offices that have borne the blunt of the spiritual load across the years, even in 
[lical times, have been the pastors and deacons. Probably one of the most unnoticed and unap- 
jciated places of service is that of the deacon. The name itself implies "servitude." So much ef- 
; put forth in the deacon role does not result in earthly praise, but more often their responsibilities 
nnel their lives "behind the scenes", where sometimes only God is taking note of their labors, 
'he deacons qualifications and job descriptions are laid out in I Timothy 3:8-13 where God places 
uirements on them similar to that of the preacher. Although the word "deacon" is found only 
ce in the New Testament, other scriptures such as Acts 6 indicate that part of their responsibility 
? free the pastor of anything that would prevent him from having time for prayer, Bible study, 
preaching. No deacon can be effective without being filled with the Spirit. 
)ne source listed four men as being the original "deacons or trustees" of the Balfour Baptist 
irch. They were J.E. Allen, James Lee, Riley Hoots, and Squire Collins. These same names are 
nd frequently in the early church records as carrying other responsibilities too. 
; or the most part, the deacons were ordained by Balfour Church to serve an indefinite term only 
?e removed by resignation, transfer of membership, by request of the church for poor perfor- 
nce, or by death. Therefore, the number of men that have served as deacon is relatively small. 
i smallest number at one time was four and the largest number was twelve in the early 60's. 
Tiroughout most of her history, Balfour's deacons served in many capacities where other chur- 
s would appoint a committee. They, along with the pastor, were the Nominating Committee, 
ance Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, and about anything else that was needed. 
s amount of knowledge, combined with long-term service and decision-making responsibilities, 
ally drew a high level of respect from the congregation. 

n 1981, under the leadership of Rev. Dewey Thomas, the church adopted the rotation system for 
Ting the deacon positions. This releases two active deacons and allows two new ones to go on. 
:h one serves for a period of 3 years. The present day deacon serves the pastor and church much 
re in prayer and spiritual support than in previous years, 
telow is a list of deacons known to have served this church since 1908: 



ORIGINAL DEACONS: 

J.E. Allen 

James Lee 

Riley Hoots 

Squire Collins 



J.M. Allen 
Joseph Newman 
E.J. Rhodes 
J.H. Johnson 
W.W. Bagwell 
J.C. Hill 
J.W. Burge 
W.B. Justice 
E.L. Collins 
W.N. Shultze 
John Anderson 
Howard Warren 
Lemuel Brown 
Woodrow Maxwell 
Clarence Bentley 
Alonzo H. Pruitt 
W.E. Hammond 



Harold Pruitt 
Ed Whitley 
Emerson Searcy 
George Seigler 
Voyle "Tip" Massey 
Lee Hill 

Alexander Capps 
Donnie Stepp 
Bill Ward 
Bobby Merrill 
Harry Newman 
Minuard Bailey 
Krystler Jamerson 
Bradley Searcy 
W.S. Justice 
W.A. Mason 
J. P. Middleton 



Eugene Coker 
L.P. Carter 
M.F. Morton 
F.M. Mc Carson 
B.H. Raines 
C.T. Callahan 
E.S. Justus 
E.D. Dunlap 
E.A. Erwin 
E. Dunlap 
Charles Ward 
Mr. Tabor 
E.E. Matthews 
George Burrough 
Harvey Erwin 

Bob Hammond 
Will Mills 



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DEACONS AND PASTORS in Late 40's. Front Row: 
Ben Raines, E.E. Matthews, Rev. W.C. Huntley, 
(Pastor). Back Row: Ernest Erwin, Harvey Erwin, Will 
Mills, E.S. Justus. 




IN FRONT: Rev. Curtis McCarley (Pastor). Left to Right: Harvey Erwin, 
Will Mills, Harold Pruitt, Emerson Searcy, Ernest Erwin, Ed Whitley 
(Chairman), Lee Hill. 



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THE CHURCH CONFERENCE 

The church conference is a meeting, a consultation, or a coming together of the body of the church 
conduct the business of the church and to gain information about the affairs of the church on a 
gular basis as agreed on by the individual church. A conference can be "called" at any time. The 
lurch clerk is responsible for recording and keeping accurate records of these meetings. Also let- 
rs of dismissal from a church membership to unite with other churches of like faith and order are 
anted in conferences. 

In the early years of Balfour Baptist Church, minutes were recorded to show conferences were 
tiled after the regular Sunday morning services. For example, the first service of the new church at 
alfour, March 22, 1908, stated ..."by motion (the Church) went into Conference..." 
Many copies of the early minutes included the sermon text, topic of the sermon, songs, and names 

individuals who had any part of the service, and the amount of offerings for the pastor 
ry benevolence at that time. Saturday services were held, with a sermon, and then the conference. 
ie following is an exact copy of the minutes recorded on Nov. 28, 1908. Saturday meeting 3:30 

. Came together by singing. Sermon by Pastor W.A. Morris. Went into conference. No business 
une before the body. By motion adjourned. Joseph Newman, Church Clerk. 
In 1909 the church decided to set aside the 2nd and 4th Sundays for preaching and the Saturdays 
;fore these Sundays for other business. 

In addition to the regular business matters of the church, the spiritual condition of the members 
as inquired into, and if there was any discord between the members, those reports were presented 
the conferences. When a church member failed to walk as a Christian should walk, he was 
■ought before the Church in a conference. In the Minutes from Saturday, Feb. 25, 191 1 , a member 
as charged with contempt to church and pastor. After some discussion, the brother acknowledged 
i the church for the talk he had against the church and pastor, said he was sorry, and the church ac- 
;pted this acknowledgement. A sister was charged with disorderly conduct, and upon her own con- 
ssion, was excluded from the church. Also a committee was appointed to talk with two other 
"others about the way they were living and to try to get them back into the church. Other charges 
:corded in future minutes were unchristian conduct, being drunk, and non-attendance to church on 
regular basis. 

Other interesting recordings from our conference minutes. 

Sept. 17, 1917... usual offering for the pastor taken... $3. 45. Sunday night collection was $2.47. 
Dec. 5, 1920... taken collection for Orphanage $34.19. Free will offering for the pastor was 
5.53. 

Feb. 1, 1925... first order of business... that the Balfour Baptist Church at its earliest convenience 
:vise its church roll in order that we may know just how many active members in Balfour Baptist 
hurch in order to make our reports correct to the association in which this church is located. 



COPIES OF OTHER BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES 
RECORDED IN THE EARLY PART OF THE CHURCH'S HISTORY 



lUln+u CUeting. Wednesday. Ctmning Augtut 25, 1971 

tUfou* Q g p tLi t Chwiah catlad in Confenene* Ig. th* ?euto% Ret/, Outfit flcCoUty* 
*pa*t pvxa. Poitou 

» Th* B ot fo m ffemantang School i* tuing oua. Luitdlng fa* th**a g*adm* which equal* 
Lt aiauno o m*, Th*** efa**e* an* **t up in th* f*tiout/Up luitding, and th*e* in th* 
aln lullding, one. in thm. J a tu um dlatm Dopaitmant, an* in th*. Junio*. DepoAtamnt, and 
i* in tJxm. BaginnaA. UenaAtmanU Bmamu* of. thJU, th* Mitmaom* foeliUlU an* now 
•ing. in*tatUd in the {*Uau*hin tuitding, and on th* Xtd pboa* of. th* main luUdlng. 

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Jt was noted with appneeiation that Bno, Newman of /human Concrete blanks donated the 
septic, tank fan. these fatlmitlmt, Alto lack* have Loan Installed on doons to the 
auditanium and the. Matt Asseaitg noom. Potto* emphaAlted that childnea cannot to. 
going in aid out of. the. class noon Sejfne an. aftee, the negulan. teni'Lcat of. out, chinch. 
Also Bno, Dwight Costnen. enqueued the. gnatitude fnom the. paee n ts to the. chunch pan. 
the. use of oun. luitding* pun. school punpoAOA, 

A motion was then entertained that the. Batfoun. Baptist Chunch and adjacent iuLtdina 
im tund fan, the use of Batfoun Clementang School which was neaently tunned* The. 

motion was made, Ig. Bno. Emeesan Seancg, seconded Ig Aet/enat, and cannied, 

2, Then*. L& a need leeause of the necent fine* fan. uoluntang Aea.in.Ltu at night fan. oun, 
luJJdlngA, The suggestion was the* Le in tuo'j, and the. houns le fAdi^OOSu^KrSttU 
aa V eJiaaA * /i JLLit of airaitaLle men will le. attained and cannied out la the. Deacon*, 
A question anose alout the tue of finemvuu fan. this data, and thene wene no affection*, 

3, The next onden. of tiulneti was the hand-Aunfacinf. of oun, panning anea anound the 
chanch liuldlngf the /avast lid Aulmitted leing $6, 000, appnoximatnx mateniats k" Atone, 
1 / " Uachtap, Aften, much discussion, a notion uoa ententainad that the chunch lomnaw 
up to $10, 000 tauand the la if ding of a uestjjtu e. on the nonth Aide, of the main chunch 
luitding (this had lean diseusAed in pneviou* coiifenences) , the puechask of a Iua, and 
the hand-Atin/acing of the panJiing anea, Also it uoa noted that a special offeeing would 
le. nmce bred to supplement the aoount lonnowed. The motion wast that the Batfoun, BaptiAt 
Chunch authorize, the pnopen. people, the Tnustees, to can tide* the lonnouing of up to 
$10, 000 tauand the luitding of he. tiestilitite, the punchase of a Iua, and the hand-Aunfacing 
of the. panJ'tng anea, and tha : the Pasta*, and DeaconA le nesponsijLle fax funthen, detailA 
OA delegated <y the Chunch, The motion uoa made ly. Bno. Lee /lilt, AeconHed Ig Bno, Fnanh 
Cohen, and canneed, 

♦• A teachen. haA neguested that the CJi nch atiow hen. and hen, family to canpet the Fet owtm 
Ahip luitding, and the nooms leing uAed in the main luitding fan. Achool ctasA noooA, The 
motion to allow tJUs uoa made Ig Bno, €d, Ukitleg, seconded I -sio. Cmenson Seancg, canniea 

5, A notion uoa made Ig Bno, Cd Sex.. 'on that the. highuag depantment Le. contacted to Aee if 
a tight could le installed and a School Zone te. designated in fnomt of the. chunch Anounds 
fan. the safety, of -tJie cJiildnen Lzcoaa of the. necessity of cnossing the highuag Aeuenat 
times a dag fan. lunch and plaggnound facilities, llotL>n seconded and caAeLad, 

A motion was also made Ig Bno, Lnenson Seancg that we candid**, the placement of. 
ana-then, fine hydnant in the t/iirinity of oun, chunch, (lotion seconded and canniedf 
with the motmaion "when the. . oney is atnitatle", 

6, The final necomnenmatlon fnom Pastan. and Deacons uoa that Bno, Lee Hill le added 
to the fettowAhip of DeaconA of Batfoun, Baptist Chunch, notion was made that Bno, dill 
le added to the fel/louhip of 'deacons, Aecoaded aid caenied, 

7, Bno, Gene UilliamA and hiA family one. now occupying the Inoun house, 

ReApeat fatly m&m it fed. 



^jfiQua%ciuJbcAU. 



Ru&g Pnuitt, Chunch Ctenh 



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tod's Word Says... 

ikewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we 
Jght: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 

Romans 8:26 



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WHERE WERE YOU BAPTIZED? 

Baptists generally agree that baptism should be by immersion. This conviction is substantiated b 
scriptures in the New Testament such as Acts 8:38, "And they went down both in to the water...' 
and also in verse 39, "And when they were come up out of the water..." and again in John 3:23 ; 
says, "And John also was baptizing in Aenon... because there was much water there...". 

Although the "how" may be settled, the "where" could result in several answers for th 
members of Balfour Baptist Church. It's very likely that we don't have the complete story, but w 
thought it would be interesting to try to satisfy a few ' 'where' ' by means of pictures and reports fror 
others. 

One place of baptism that was cited by a former member was the old "rock quarry" on the op 
posite side of the village of which we were unable to acquire a picture. Part of the church had the op 
portunity to see Rev. McCarley baptize one candidate (Ray Pace) in the French Broad River nea 
Weaverville, North Carolina. It is reported that Rev. W.A. Morris baptized a critically ill man in hi 
bathtub in the early 1900's. 

Other places that our church has baptized are shown below: 




BAPTIZING IN Balfour Mills pool around 1930 with Rev. Blythe (with towel around h| 
neck). 



Did You Know... 

That our church once had 2 week Revivals and 2 week Vacation Bible Schools. 



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LALPH AND JACKIE Duckett being 
laptized by Rev. W.C. Huntley in com- 
pany pool. 





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EY. CURTIS McCARLEY performing 
aptism in a home-made portable bap- 
strj in the basement of the new church. 





CLEM CABE being baptized by Rev. 
W.C. Huntley in Mt. View Baptist 
Church. 




REV. DEWEY THOMAS standing in the 
Baptistry of our present church. 




REV. DEWEY THOMAS baptizing Carol 
Mullinax, June. 1985. 



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CHURCH MEMBERSHIP 

Balfour, probably like most Baptist Churches, varies radically in membership depending ci 
times, circumstances in the community, and the general atmosphere of the church. In 1908 th 
number of charter members that Balfour started with is uncertain, but according to informatic 
gathered from the early business minutes and the fact that a new church building was erected is proo 
enough that quantity and quality was sufficient to get the work done. Frequently at the end of tri 
year, the total membership would be shown in the church record books. Below are a few numbei 
that were found which might prove interesting: 

1912-66 1929-206 

1913-75 1940-336 

1915-102 1959-510 

1923-74 1974-777 

1976 - 737 

As has been previously mentioned, the construction of Balfour Mills in 1924 had a measurable in 
pact on the size of our church congregation with the influx of about 1 12 new families in the coni 
munity. This increased the church attendance to the extent of having to enlarge the building. 

The church continued with slow growth in the years to come. The Second World War took man 
young men from us, leaving vacancies to be filled by their families and loved ones who seemed ; 
that time to begin a new dedication to the church, to God, and a greater concern for the young men i 
uniform. 

In the early '50's, Balfour experienced a prolonged period of spiritual awakening which cause 
it's attendance to flourish again. During the latter part of this period, a record was broken in cros: 
ing the 400 attendance mark in Sunday School on a particular Sunday. A phonograph record w< 
literally broken at this service over the head of Sunday School Superintendent, Zeke Dunlap by h 
assistant, Raleigh Maxwell. This was the Sunday School's way of celebrating the accomplishmen 

A slow decline in membership and attendance followed until Curtis McCarley came as pastor i 
1966. His outreach vision was supported by methods such as church training, visitation program; 
bus ministry, grading Sunday School classes, etc. All this extended effort helped the church to gro' 
to a membership of over 800 by the late 60's. Rev. McCarley 's fatal accident in 1971 stunned th 
members even to the extent that some said the church would never mean the same to them again 
some left following this tragedy. 

Rev. Condred Pirkle, as next pastor, faced a crucial situation that probably no pastor could in an 
way enjoy. In the meantime, bus ministry enthusiasm was wearing off, causing a decline in atter 
dance once again. This was followed by a growing dissatisfaction resulting in divisions within til 
church, which led to the loss of hundreds of members in the late 70's. After the waters began to sei 
tie, a large group of former members, along with others, rallied around Rev. CD. Johnson, whic 
started a new church - The Stoney Mountain Baptist Church, located at the corner of Baystone Driv 
and U.S. 25. 

Under the leadership of Rev. Dewey Thomas, Balfour recognized their roll was cluttered by man 
inactive members. A membership committee was formed and efforts were made, first to restor 
those to active status, and secondly, to clear the books of uninterested people. The new enrollmei 
number stood at 204 at that time. A slow growth has been experienced since then and our number 
now 237. 



Did You Know... 

That the fire which burned our church was reported by a train crewman about 3:30 in the mornin 



48 



1933 REPORT 

lis 1933 report was composed while Rev. Blythe was pastor of Balfour and Mud Creek at the same 
ie. Only the Balfour section is being reproduced on the next few pages. 



YEAR BOOK 

and 

DIRECTORY 



Balfour and Mud Creek 
Baptist Churches 



RFV. C. E. BLYTHE, Pastor 
l*enr»>se. RouU 1. North Carolina 



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THE PASTOR'S -MESSAGE 

The pastor is happy in this opportunity to apeak an earn 
€>t word to the members of Baifour and Mud Creek Churches. 
Our relations have been so pleasant that I would be a verita? !e 
li : grate were I to fail to avail myself of this opportunity :>, 
say a hearty "Thank You." and '"God Bless You." 

As we review our labors together in the past, we are 
conscious of many failures. Many mistakes have been made 
which grieve our hearts surely: many opportunities for use- 
fulness have been allowed to slip by unimproved: many words 
01 christian cheer and encouragement have perhaps been left 
unbroken, and our faith and our loyalty have not always been 
what they might have been. Yet, in spite of our faithlessn-s*. 
tin' God whom we serve has made good His irrevocable promise 
to never leave us nor forsake us. His hand has been upon us 
for good through all the stressful days through which we have 
been passing. Perhaps the past two years have tried men's 
souis as no other like period in this generation. An era of un- 
precedented prosperity had lifted our standards of living to a 
peak never before dreamed of. Those things formerly looked 
upon as extravagant luxuries came to be regarded as the every 
day necessities of life. During that period the whole world 
became enamored- of things material and things spritual were 
largely dismissed from human thought. Most of us came to 
regard that prosperity as the permanent status. Then came 
the crash when riches took wings and flew away. Gloom arid 
discouragementTdisplaced hilarity and sanguine hope and men 
anticipated the future with fear. This fear and discourage- 
ment reflected itself in the work of the churches everywhere. 
Contributions to the work of the church slumped fearfully. 
leading- to crushing debts in every phase of kingdom enter- 
prise. Men not only lost faith in each other but many of them 
lust faith in God. But. happily, a remnant kept their hold up- 
on i he unseen and their loyalty and devotion have kept the 
wheel- of Zion moving. It is to that class in our two congre- 
gations that I address this faithful word. Your sacrifices 
have not been in vain for God is not unfaithful to forget yuiir 
w.-rk of love. 

But. what of the future? Shall wo face it hopefully and 
unafraid? The clouds of adversity still hang low and threaten- 
ing all about us but God's in his heavens and He still holds His 
hand on the affairs of His kingdom. The prospects for the 
future are as bright as God's eternal promise. Love and loyal- 
tv in christian service have back of them all the power and re- 
sources of heaven, and can not go unrewarded. 

"And lo. 1 am with you always, even unto the end of the 
world," is the promise of our risen Lord to His faithful in all 
ages. 

Upon that promise, your pastor bases an earnest appeal 
for the active and prayerful cooperation of every member of 
the church. 



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The church is the greatest institution in the whole wide 
world and is engaged in the noblest enterprise known to earth 
or heaven. Hence, everyone should consider himself harpy in 
the privilege of giving not only his best but his all to the con- 
sumation of that holy enterprise. 

Shall we join hands and cooperate together in bringing 
about that glorious day when "the kingdoms of this world 
.-hall become the Kingdom of our Lxjrd and His Christ." 

Faithfully yours, 

C. E. BLYTHE, Pastor. 




BALFOUR CHURCH 



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Church Officers 

Baifour Baptist Church 



GENERAL OFFICERS 



Pastor. 

Clerk... 



C F. Biv:he 

C. S. J.--:: 

Treasurer w E Hamrr#1 , nd 

superintendent Sun. lay School \V e. Hamm r.d 

Assistant Superintendent Sunday School E, D. DuV.^ip 

Secretary Sunday School j o. Balb 

Assistant Secretary... . ...Oth i Fr ;.tt 

Choir Leader .Harvtfv Er.in 

Assistant Choir Leader r o War j 

Pianist.. >.,. ... u .•■■■ u , \ 

-v.wiU di'i, K.iiiies 



DEACON'S 

W E HAMMOND Chaitmar. 
Jusuph W-w.ijan F. 

J r -. Hi!! E. H. Duniap 



J : ; -=• ; ; 



J. W, Burs<e E. A Eivin 

C. "\ . Callahan Chari'e Ward 

B- H. Rains H;-.n:;.t. n Tar. 

F. M. McCar.-un '['. i i Balb 



l/SHERS 

Cefijge FN !>ers ri and R F 






. . ! tii! .! >;, >l'iV . i : ! : I i .,.;., 

C« ' njf • ■•_ : y .^tai day :.:ci 



..' U( i 



TEACHERS 



■*u 'i > < .1- Nu 

'• -,irir >C-;i', C!a>- -\i. 

'l list 



.11 : I . \ 

\l: • (' < 



'>'-■■>■ *\rte Cii'ls- X... :, . .\ L : -s 1-ii.iVM-. J . 

null. 1 Boy- No. i! \;, s \y ; ;j.. 

ti'rU- -Nu. T \[ , _ .1 ■■:;:-, r'.- \ .•• 

'■">'- N ' ■ s . . Mr E. f" \'l". 



'• )•:.;.;. - Xi., .'. 



Mi- - F ji.: \i :\ ■ 

..- -' A. U ■-:•.■ 



BALFOI'K CIU'RCM 
SENIOR B. Y. P. U. 

p r£ .j j t .... Travis Barnwell 

Vice t>n?id*niZZZZZZZZZ'. Myrtle Com 

Secretary and Treasurer - Lu . c y ^ odes 

Qui, Leader Catherine Jones 

Croup Captain-No. 1 -" D « w % v ; orn 

Group Captain-N'o. 2 Charles ratner 

Pianist ......Jon. Bentley 

Choicer Leader }: Lu> a Barn well 

r A . a(ier Mrs. E. S. Justus 



JTMOR B. V P. I 

Leader Mrs. Lusk 

Spon-or Macey Fore 

President Charlotte Justus 

Vice President' Kubjr Bentley 

^ecretarv Mane Lusk 

Treasurer •■ Rub y , Cor ? 



Group Captain — No. i. 



.Louise Lusk 



Group Captain—No. -' ;«•— ; ;^uby Cera 

Choir Leader , ..Venice Bentley 

yuts Leader Olvria Crisp 



( » . A . 

Leader Mr*. H. C. Lusk 



R. A. 

Leader N Mrs. Horace Corn 

President J - E - Bishop 

Vice President Boyd Bishop 

Secretary Arthur Corn 



Y. W. A. 



.Mrs. W. E Heaten 



VY. M. S. 

President Mrs. C. R. Staj?#s 

Vu-e President Mrs. W. E. Heaten 

Mrs. H. C. lusk 



:-•• 



Tri'-asurer Mrs. O. E. Bishop 

Pi-r«-nal Service Chormnn . . Mrs. C. T. Calahan 

Mi,<i.m Studv Mrs. W. M. Ma^v-i' 



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ROSTER OF MEMBERSHIP 



P.C. Adams 
Mrs. P.C. Adams 
Henry Adams 
W.D. Anders 
Jeannette Anderson 
Frank Babb 
T.O. Babb 
Zeb Bell 
Mrs. Zeb Bell 
Jenning Bell 
Clarence Bentley 
Lenn Brown 
Mrs. Travis Barnwell 
Alphes Beck 
Mrs. O.E. Bishop 
Flossie Bentley 
Finley Barnwell 
J.W. Burge 
Hoke Bagwell 
Mrs. Hoke Bagwell 
Volney Bagwell 
Rora Blythe 
Elizabeth Blythe 
Mrs. Lila Brevard 
K.D. Breazeale 
Mrs. K.D. Breazeale 
Harold Breazeale 
Vernon Blankinship 
Mrs. Vernon Blankinship 
Mrs. Lem Brown 
J.E. Barnwell 
Mrs. J.E. Barnwell 
Ulia Barnwell 
Mrs. Hattie Brown 
Adgrer Brown 
Preston Barnwell 
Dock Bentley 
Mrs. Dock Bentley 
Travis Barnwell 
Anna Bell Crondey 
R.P. Craig 
Mrs. Guy Corn 
Lewis Condrey 
Louise Corn 
Will Corn 
Mrs. Will Corn 
John Carner 
Mrs. John Carber 
Frances Carner 
Lewis Case 
Mrs. Lewis Case 
Mrs. Etta Cagle 
Anna Corn 
Horace Corn 



Mrs. Horace Corn 
Mrs. H.C. Causey 
C.T. Calahan 
Mrs. C.T. Calahan 
Mrs. Alfred Condrey 
E.C. Cole 
Mrs. E.C. Cole 
Bill Corn 

Mrs. Mary Condrey 
Mrs. Joe Capps 
A.C. Condrey 
E.C. Cox 
Roy Corn 
Dewey Corn 
Authur Corn 
Mrs. Jennelle Coats 
Myrtle Corn 
May Corn 
Nina Capps 
L.A. Chapen 
Joseph Dunlap 
Mrs. Joseph Dunlap 
Nora Dunlap 
William Dill 
Mrs. T.J. Dill 
T.J. Dill 

Mrs. T.J. Dunlap 
Jeff Dunlap 
Enoch Dempsey 
Mrs. Ella Dempsey 
W.L. Davis 
Stella Davis 
Ernest Ervin 
Larence Ervin 
George Ervin 
Arnold Ervin 
J.W. Ervin 
Mrs. J.W. Ervin 
Harvey Ervin 
Mrs. Ernest Ervin 
Mrs. Harvey Ervin 
Mrs. C.L. Ervin 
Mrs. Henry Flyn 
J.M. Freeman 
Mrs. J.M. Freeman 
Nacey Fore 
Ellen Flynn 
J. A. Fore 
Pauleen Fore 
Estell Fore 
Joe Fore 

Mrs. Robe Gilliard 
Iasic Green 
Oma Green 



Mrs. C. Gosnel 
Mrs. Sude Green 
Gadon Garren 
Mrs. J.M. Gosnell 
Fred Gilliam 
E.A. Goodman 
J.C. Hill 
Mrs. J.C. Hill 
W.E. Hammond 
Mrs. W.E. Hammon 
Mrs. W.E. Heaton 
Bennie Heaton 
Emma Lou Heaton 
Mrs. Arthur Hammo 
Mrs. J. A. Hammond 
Nellie Henderson 
Mrs. C.J. Hay 
Thelma Hammond 
J.L. Hammett 
Mrs. J.L. Hammett 
Leland Henderson 
Mrs. Bob Hammond 
Bennie Lee Hammett 
Mrs. Bennie Heaton 
Lora Hannah 
Mrs. Bessie Hendersc 
J. A. Hammond 
Mrs. Sallie Johnson 
Fannie Johnson 
Florence Justus 
Roy Justus 
Nannie Johnson 
Mrs. Jane Johnson 
Mrs. Annie Jennings 
E.S. Justus 
Ruby Justus 
Isabelle Jones 
Shelton Kennar 
Rosa King 
Dallas King 
G.G. Kurkendoll 
Mrs. G.G. Kurkendol 
J.H. Lanning 
Mrs. J.H. Lanning 
Mrs. H.C. Lusk 
H.C. Lusk 
Mrs. Gleen Laughter 
Mrs. Eva Levi 
Jack Levi 
Marie Lusk 
G.W. Moody 
Mrs. G.W. Moody 
Beverly Moody 
Midge Moody 



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Fred Mason 
W.T. Merritt 
W.P. Maxwell 
Mrs. W.P. Maxwell 
Eula Maxwell 
Fate Matthews 
Mrs. Lura Matthews 
Bill Matthews 
Viola Maxwell 
Floyd Mull 
Dock McKinney 
F.M. Mc Carson 
Mrs. F.M. McCarson 
Mrs. Sallie McHam 
Harry McCarson 
Lexine McCarson 
Christine McCarson 
Mrs. Frank Mc Entry 
Mrs. Ester McKinney 
Lela McKelley 
Warren McCarson 
Joseph Newman 
Mrs. Joseph Newman 
J.W. Newman 
Donald Norwood 
Wilson Norwood 
Jack Norwood 
Loyd Newman 
Ruby Newman 



Alean Newman 
Virginia Noonchester 
Vanoy Orr 
Faye Parkinson 
F.G. Parker 
Mrs. F.G. Parker 
Mrs. Sallie Pruitt 
Ada Parkinson 
Brownlow Pruitt 
Mrs. Gladys Pruitt 
Grady Pruitt 
Ottho Pruitt 
Alonzo Pruitt 
Mrs. Sarah Pruitt 
B.H. Rains 
Mrs. B.H. Rains 
Isabelle Rains 
Mrs. Garrett Ramsey 
Odell Rains 
Myrtle Rains 
Crettie Rhodes 
Leota Rhodes 
W.G. Ramsey 
Anna Belle Rains 
Anna Mae Robertson 
George Robertson 
Bryte Rhodes 
Mrs. C.S. Smith 
Mrs. R.B. Smith 



Mrs. J.B. Starns 
J.L. Stepp 
Reba Stagg 
Harold Stansell 
Mrs. J.B. Stansell 
Mrs. Willie Thomas 
Trewlene Tabor 
H. Tabor 
Mrs. H. Tabor 
W.H. Taylor 
Mrs. W.H. Taylor 
Robert Tabor 
Charlie Taylor 
Volney Tabor 
J.E. Whitaker 
Mrs. Sam Whitaker 
Mrs. J.E. Whitaker 
Leatha Word 
Mattie Williams 
Bob Whitaker 
W.R. Wyatt 
Mrs. W.R. Wyatt 
Arrie Wyatt 
Charlie Ward 
Edith Ward 
Dorothy Whitaker 
Mary Whitaker 

If any ones' name is omitted 
it is by mistake 



Did You Know... 

That our church once had an outside brush arbor used for revival services? 



55 



ASSOCIATIONAL ACTIVITIES 



Apparently Balfour Baptist Church was formed and organized under the Southern Baptist i 
fluence. The pastors that have served the church have in most part been affiliated throughout tin 
careers with other Southern Baptist churches and work. Records in our Baptist institution, Wa! 
Forest University, also show the Stoney Mountain Church was active in this direction even befo, 
our church was organized. (See notes about Stoney Mountain Church) 

Because of the Carolina Baptist Association's roll being listed alphabetically, Balfour Baptist 
the first church name to appear. Although the Carolina Association had its first meeting in 1877, o, 
church did not participate until years later. After our establishment in 1908, notes are found in tlj 
early church minutes of "meeters" being elected by the church to attend services in other churche 
The Association is not mentioned, as such, in these places, but the impression is left that the chun' 
was participating with it in those early days. 

At the first annual session of the Carolina Association, the following churches made up the ro 
Double Springs, Mountain Page, Gap Creek, Mountain Hill, Cross Roads, and Oak Grove. We a 
not sure when our membership came about, but included below is a copy of some 1915 statistic) 
along with a list of messengers, apparently prepared for Associational use. Also included is the coj| 
of the cover sheet plus another page of the 1st session of the Carolina Baptist Association in 187 

Several members of our church in the past and also at the present have served on committees ai 
in other places of responsibilities of the Association. Our affiliation in this respect is probably at i 
greatest currently. 



M I N L" T K S 



FIRST ANNUAL SESSION 



CAED1IIA BAPTIST JHOEIiTIlI, 

HELD WITH 

DOUBLE SPRING CHURCH, 

HENDERSON COUNTY, N. O. 
October i». so. lrr. 



HENDERSONVILLE, N. O, 

MINTID AT -THB NgW Kai" 07TIC* 

1878. 

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T«:U 



TUr. oommittee on Union Meetings] Greenville Association.— J . J. Da- 
" t °\ : I vis, M. E. Smith, J. W. Middleton 

lat Di&t.— At Gup Creek church, j and Joshua Pruett. 
ortuuiciiciii"- on Friday before the | Tioelce J/i7« Association.— W. B. 
iiu Sabbath in March, 1878. M. E. | Johnson, L. B. Johnson, T. E. Waters 
Sjuith and E. J. Mullenax to attend, j and M. E. Smith. 

2nd. Uist. At Mountain Hill, com- j The Association having concluded 

mcm-iii" on Friday before the 5th jits regular business, adjourned to 
S-ibbath in June, 1878. M. E. Smith j meet with the Mountain Page church, 
TuU J. W. Middleton to attend. j on Friday before the 3rd Sabbath in 

- u j" \y l>t _ — At O.ik Grove, com- j October, 1878, at 11 o'clock, x. sr. 
nieueiii" on Friday be ft ire the 5th j Previous to adjoinument, the hymn, 

S.tbbiilll ill September, 1878. M. E. j "Howl longtobelike Jeeua," Jfcc., 

Smith and A. Heatherly to attend, j was sung, the right hand ot" fellowship 
Much meeting to continue 3 days. • given by each of the members, in to- 

j ken of friendship and union, and the 

OK finance. j benediction pronounced by the mod- 

Receivod from Churches for 1 erator. 

printing minutes, $ 0.93 j M. E. SMITH, Moderator, 

Ucccivud from collection, 5.05 j Greenville, S. C, 

- j Vv*. C. Ward, Clerk, 

Total amount received, $12.00! Hendersonville, N. C. 

Both these reports were read and j 

adopted. j The stand was occupied on Sab- 

Oii luotion of Joshua Pruett, the j bath by the following brethren: 
following resolution was unanimously | Elder M. E. Smith preached the 
adopted : j first sermon from Prow ix : 1 ; follow- 

l!esolced t That the thanks of this j ed by Elder E. J'. Mullenax, from I 
Association are hereby tendered to livings xviii : 12, as the Missionary 
the brethren and good people in the j sermon, after which a collection was 
vicinity of Double Springs church for ! taken up amounting to $5,05. In the 
ilu- hospitable manner in which they! evening Eld. C. M. Phillips officiated. 
Live entertained us dining the meet-'; Ordained Ministers. — A. Ileath- 
Ui- t.f the Association. ! erly, M. E. Smith. 

The Association ap}>ointed the fol-l [licentiates. — W. B. Johnson, J. 
lotting correspondents : j W. Middleton, John Tankesly. 



S T A T I S T I C A L TABL E 



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I'ASTORS, 



|M. E. Suiiili, 

J:llllC3 lil) t tie, 

M. E. Siniui, 
ii. £. Cbunulu, 
W, S, Case, 



CLliRKS. 



\V.i.\ Ward, 
L. G. Ward, 
W. Ii. JolltldOU, 
Jublina i'raett, 
Levi Jorum, 



M. S SmjUi. |T. K. Watere. 



POST-OFFICES, 



Green River, 

Flat Rock 

Middle Sttluda, S. C, 
Highland Grove, " 

Flat Rock, 

Fist Rock, 



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STATISTICS 



of the fr//jLij£*sv>- Baptist Church, ^f^//.. ..for 19/^ 



Name of Pastor, didi „./Z... 



Post-office Address 



% .0^rJLL142&d3kJ!&M£4& 



CHURCH MEMBERSHIP. 
Number reported last year, . 



INCREASE 

By Bap/ism, . . /..,&.. 

Bv Letter 



ipA 



By Experience, 
Jiy Restoration, 



DECREASE 

By Letter, _ ^. 

By Exclusion, . . 

By Erasure, . . 

llv Death, . . . 

Present Membership, . . . 1..&..&. 



Students for the Ministry, . . 

SUNDAY-SCHOOL STATISTICS. 

Number of Schools, 

Number of Officers and Teachers, 

X umher of 1'upils, . 

.Irerage Attendance, 

Number llaplhed, 

1 1 '/i/mes in Library, 

> '■ ittrihiitious for Missions, 

ill. ii Amount of Money raised, 

Superintendent' s Name, ... 1 r^....r^fs&:+.r..£kt&&&z!x 

!' 0. Address, * 






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CHURCH PROPERTY 

Church Edifices, 

Chapels, . 

Number of Sittings, . 

Parsonages, 

Total Value of Property, 

CONTRIBUTIONS 

Home Church Expenses, . 

Sunday-school Expensrs, . 

Bible Work, 

State Missions, .... 

Ministerial Education, 

Foreign Missions, .... 

Publication Society; Colportage and Sunday 
school Mission Work, 

Home Missions, 

Miscellaneous, . 

For Printing Minutes, 



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Total, 



$UL&r r /„±-. 



ORDAINED MINISTERS 



MESSENGERS. 

DEACONS. 



OTHER MEMBERS. 




Name of Church Clerk 



THE CHURCH AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES 

Down through the years Balfour Baptist Church has made itself available to the community in 
pies of need and also to fight for what we believe is right, based on the word of God. 
! "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the 
ilers of spiritual wickedness in high places." Eph. 6:12. 

With the morals of our nation on the downward trend, we need now more than ever to be an exam- 
e in our community to help those in need and to fight the devil and his adversaries . 

Following are a few examples of our church activities in the community during the past years: 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE IN TIMES NEWS... MARCH 23, 1974 

"AN APPEAL FROM BALFOUR BAPTIST CHURCH" 

alfour Baptist Church in its regular monthly conference voted unanimously to place this ad in the 
kper, affirming our strong heartfelt disapproval of the appearance of the indecent, unchristian nude 
ictures on the front page of our newspaper, and the incidence of "streaking" in our Baptist Col- 
iges, State Universities, Independent Schools, and Universities, or indecent exposure and all forms 
f immorality, wherever it may be. 

hb humbly appeal to the people of this region to join us in observing, April 30, 1974, as a Day of 
[umiliation, Fasting and Prayer, as proclaimed by our Congress. The Resolution is printed below: 

Je sincerely feel this is the answer to our drift into gross immorality and spiritual decadence. 

/e solicit your prayers for us that God will pardon and forgive us at Balfour Baptist Church for our 
ns and failures as well as others. 

alfour Baptist Church 
5 North (U.S.) 
alfour, N.C. 
. Condred Pirkle, Pastor 



VOTE MC 3 TO LIQUOR BY THE DRINK 
TUESDAY-AUGUST 26TH 



8? 



"Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy 
bottle to him. and makest him drunken." HAB. 2:15 

We at Balfour Baptist Are OPPOSED to 
Liquor-by-the-drink for your 
good and God's Glory. 

BALFOUR BAPTIST CHURCH 

NORTH ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY 

Rev. B. Condred Pirkle, Pastor 
Pd. Pol. Adv. By Rev. B. Condred Pirkle, Pastor 

simmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm:**: ■ : mm® 



SQ 



Balfour Schddl 

CORUM SMITH, PRINCIPAL 
2529 ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY 

Hendersonville, N. C. 28739 



May 23, 1972 



Reverend Curtis McCarley 
Pastor Balfour Baptist Church 
Balfour, North Carolina 

Dear Sir: 

Please convey our deepest appreciation for your efforts 
on behalf of the Balfour School to your deacons and mem- 
bers of your church. 

The tragedy of losing our school three days before the 
term was to begin, has been greatly diminished by your 
help. Please forgive us any inconvenience that our pres- 
ence might have caused. 

Thank you again for your kindness and understanding of 
our problems. 

May the Lord bless you richly, as you continue to serve 
Him. 



Sincerely, 



Corum S. Smith 




bj 



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tan 



J)ay Sckooly Qnc. 



HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA 

Commencement Exercises 
Monday Evening, May 29, 1972 
Eight O'clock 



OMMENCEMENT EXERCISES for Christian Day School are held annually in our 
iditorium. 



id You Know... 

at the church had a daily radio program over WHVL and weekly over WHKP and WAGI at one 
le? 



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W.M.U. AND SOUTHERN BAPTIST MISSIONS 

The W.M.U. , Woman's Missionary Union, was founded in 1888. The W.M.U. was organized 
women could work together in their effort to help tell the world about Christ and his saving Gra 

Balfour has been a part of this great effort. Early records show that in 1914 the little children t( 
an offering for missions. Their collection amounted to $3.30 and the church voted to give $. 
month to help spread the gospel. 



el/* U. YA^- _ ///if 

■tiro* fe/u~~>~- -jk*. f/U ^i£^/;//t^. & 

/W&P? ^^ XX^z. far**/ 



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Records show the first W.M.U. organization at Balfour began in 1926 with approximately 
members enrolled. The officers were: 



Mrs. C.R. Staggs 
Mrs. A.H. Stewart 
Mrs. A. A. Gregory 
Mrs. Eugene Coker 
Eula Maxwell 
Mrs. C.T. Hoy 



President 

Counselor of Y.W.A. 
Counselor of G.A. 
Counselor of R.A. 
Leader of Sunbeam Board 
Missions Treasurer 



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)llowing is a list of known Presidents of W.M.U. 

1924 Mrs. C.R. Staggs 

1934 Mrs. W.E. Heaton 

1935 Mrs. George Burrough 
1938 Mrs. C.R. Staggs 

1942 Miss Florence Justice 

1943 Mrs. C.R. Staggs 
1946 Mrs. J.C. Brown 
1951 Mrs. George Seigler 
1968 Miss Edna Corn 

1938 The W.M.U. put on a missionary program for the benefit of the Baptist Hospital. Eleven 
irs and fifty -five cents was raised. 

ley also gathered 240 washcloths and 54 towels for the Thomasville orphanage in 1967. 
me of their projects have been for the prison camp, local rest homes, shut-ins, and Pardee 
rital. They also organize food for benevolence in the community, gifts for the children at 
stmas and the I AM Mission's Project. 

le W.M.U. began reporting in the church conferences in 1967. 
ilfour now has several missions organizations active in our church. 

Mission Friends Children ages 3-5 

Girls in Action Girls in grades 1-6 

Acteens Girls in grades 7-12 
Royal Ambassadors 

Crusaders Boys in grades 1-6 

Pioneers Boys in grades 7-12 

Baptist Young Women Women ages 18-29 

W.M.U. Women ages 30 and up 

ission Friends, G.A.'s, R.A.'s, and Acteens meet weekly and the B.Y.W. and W.M.U. meet 
thly. 

iroughout the years Balfour has strongly supported the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering 
:ial offering for Home Missions) and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (special offering for 
:ign Missions). Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon were dedicated to the cause of mission work. 
1 spent their whole lives as missionaries and these two designated offerings were organized in 
memory. 

lere were spans of time in the quarterly reports that Balfour chose to give to individual missions 
missionaries, 
slow is a copy of one of the monthly mission's budgets. 

BALFOUR BAPTIST CHURCH MONTHLY MISSION BUDGET 

1979 

REIGN MISSION 

L INDIA PRAYER FELLOWSHIP - INDIA $ 100.00 

REIGN MISSION BOARD SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION 100.00 

SPEL PROJECTS - EUROPE 50.00 

V. LYLE BAYLIS - AFRICA 50.00 

. FRANK CALHOUN - INDONESIA 50.00 

v*. MIKE SULLIVAN - PHILIPPIANS 50.00 

V. WILLIAM CONNOR - ST KITTS, WEST INDIES 25.00 

V. ARY VELLOSO - BRAZIL 25.00 

V. PHILIP BAWDEKAR - INDIA 25.00 

.GAUM YOUTH FOR CHRIST - INDIA 25.00 

3 ROSY MISSION HOSPITAL - INDIA 25 .00 

ME & FOREIGN MISSION 

rUS PIRKLE EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION - MISSISSIPPI 50.00 

V. PAUL RAY - TEXAS & MEXICO 50.00 

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HOME MISSION 

REV. MILTON TAYLOR - EVANGELIST 

NORTH CAROLINA BAPTIST CHILDREN'S HOME 

CAROLINA BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

BEAR WALLA BAPTIST CAMP 

REV. BUTCH CABE - NEW YORK 

HOME MISSION BOARD SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION 

CAMP ZION - MYRTLE, MISSISSIPPI 

SAR SHALOM - JEWS 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & HOME MISSION 

REV. DOUG WHITFIELD - FLORIDA 

FRUITLAND BAPTIST BIBLE INSTITUTE 

MID-AMERICA BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY - MEMPHIS, TN. 

TABERNACLE CHILDREN'S HOME - GREENVILLE, S.C. 

TOTAL 



50 
50 
50 
50 
200 
50 
50 
10 

200! 

25 

50 1 
25; 



$ 1,435 



Balfour also supported other pastors and missionaries in their efforts to spread the gospel . Some 
the names listed were: 



James Stewart 
Lyle Bayliss 
Clyde Billingsley, Jr. 
Floyd Paschall 
Ed Greig 



Clarence Porter 
Jim Merck 
William Connor 
Paul Ray 
Mr. Jackson 



In 1975 Balfour Church gave a gift of $4,300 to send Pastor and Mrs. B. Condred Pirkle to 
Holy Land. 



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| PASTOR AND MRS. R. CONDRED PIRKLE.... 

Gives A Public Salute To The Members Of 

BALFOUR BAPTIST CHURCH, ASHEVILLE HWY. 

For Their Liberal, Generous Gifts Amounting 
To '4,300°° To Send Us To The Holy Land. 

Such Generousity Bespeaks Of Love And Loyalty 
I So Magnifying To Our Lord Jesus — We Love 
I You, We Cherish You. 

We Are Comitted To Serve You In Jesus Name. 



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Records show that the Pastor and Assistant Pastor were sent to India in 1977 to participate in a two 

ek Evangelistic meeting. Over 900 decisions for Christ were recorded. 

Dur church now gives to missions through the Cooperative Program. This program is a unity of 

uthern Baptist Churches in their giving to missions. 

3alfour gives 5% of income per year to the Cooperative Program and 3% of income per year to 

sociational missions. 

[Tie Cooperative Program supports some of the following mission's projects. 

* The Foreign Mission Board with more than 3,000 missionaries in more than 95 countries. 

: The Home Mission Board with more than 2,900 missionaries. 

' Various seminaries, colleges and universities at home and across the world. 

c Radio and television programs on 3,696 stations in 7 languages. 

c Children's homes across the United States and residents of homes for the aged. 

Southern Baptist together can reach the world with the gospel of Christ and Balfour Baptist 
urch is committed to this ministry. 





IS. C.R. STAGGS was our 1st WMU 
sident. 



MRS. C.R. STAGGS in her later years. 



)id You Know... 

"hat Rev. W.A. Morris was the only pastor to serve our church at two separate intervals? 



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LOCAL MISSIONS 

Above and beyond the organized conventional missions previously discussed, the church i 
always had some type of local outreach. These endeavors varied in number, direction, and inten; 
as the years rolled on. 

In the early 1900's, offerings in the three to five dollar category were received for the aid and s 
port of an orphanage that was located in the community at the time. Individuals and families 
periencing extreme hardships have received help across the years from the church also. 

Some other rather insignificant efforts, such as cottage prayer services held weekly in the hom 
proved a great blessing to many. The Extension Department, ministering to the elderly and 
capacitated shut-ins, was active for a long period of time in the 60's. Several of the deacons p 
ticipated in Sunday afternoon services in the camps of the migrant workers in the county. Althoul 
no visible results were evident in these services, the Bible teaches that our labors of love will not I 
unnoticed by the Lord. The church for many years helped to support the "Rock of Ages" progri] 
on our local W.H.K.P. radio station. Rev. W.C. Huntley started the program in 1948 and it is si 
being broadcasted at the present time. Sunday morning services were broadcasted for a while fnj 
the church in the 70's. 

The church reaching out by means of visitation has always been a variable at Balfour. For sh! 
periods of time, especially in the last twenty years, it appeared that visitation was "well on i 
way", only to have it drop almost entirely after just a few weeks of action. Different approacl 
such as organizing visitation teams, operating from a visitation bulletin board, as well as work 
through individual Sunday School classes have all been tried. Favorable results have been 1 
through all these efforts, but only in part because of lack of interest and perserverance of those 
volved. 

The Bus Ministry, which started on June 4, 1972 with 3 buses, was the largest concentrated mo 1 
ment to share our church with the community that we ever experienced. At one time, a fleet of 
buses were used to penetrate every sector of our county, logging hundreds of miles each Sunday 
an attempt to bring people under the taught and preached Word. Buses traveled as far as Chimr 
Rock, Edneyville, Boylston, Mills River, and Fletcher. In eight months the church had acquired 
buses and had employed a full-time Bus Minister, Earl Lawson. Within this same period of tin 
there had been 90 professions of faith and 72 united with the church. 

All day Saturday was spent by many of the "bus captains" and workers visiting the homes wh<| 
they anticipated picking up riders the next morning. Many high moments were experienced by 1 
workers, as well as many disappointments. The entire church program was re-arranged to carry 
this ministry. Sunday School classes and teachers had to specially prepare for the large number 
children brought in. Childrens Worship Service was also started to minister to over 100 children 
their level. Spiritual fatigue, along with high operating costs and expensive maintenance on t' 
buses, slowed this operation down finally to a stop. 

Probably one of the most valuable contributions to this world Balfour Baptist Church has mac 
are the men of God she has licensed, ordained, and sent out from our fellowship to serve the Lc 
under His leadership. We have attempted to list their names below: 

PREACHERS ORDAINED BY BALFOUR BAPTIST CHURCH (27) 

Rev. C.E. Pruitt April 12, 1914 

Rev. A.G. Sargent June 15, 1927 

Rev. Eugene Coker February 10, 1929 

Rev. Lawrence A. Erwin February 21, 1937 

Rev. L.K. (Chick) Holbert July 29, 1940 

Rev. Carl Taylor July 12, 1941 

Rev. Virgil Jones December 9, 1945 

Rev. Woodrow Maxwell June 7, 1951 

Rev. Lacy Wilson June 7, 1951 

Rev. Robert (Bob) Smith April 17, 1952 

Rev. Clyde Fetner September 31, 1952 

Rev. Floyd Paschall September 31, 1952 

Rev. Howard Cabe September 31, 1952 

Rev. J.L. (Buddy) Mullinax April 4, 1953 
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Rev. Clyde Gasperson 


February 16, 1958 


Rev. Wade Laughter 


September 1961 


Rev. Raymond Brown 


December 11, 1966 


Rev. Rudy Smith 


October 18, 1970 


Rev. Clarence Porter 


July 24, 1971 


Rev. Mike Barlowe 


June 4, 1972 


Rev. Don Davis 


October 8, 1972 


Rev. Jim Cobb 


February 10, 1974 


Rev. David Gasperson 


October 6, 1974 


Rev. Samuel Mabry 


November 16, 1974 


Rev. Douglas Davis 


December 1, 1974 


Rev. Butch Cabe 


April 2, 1978 


Rev. Larry Henderson 


December 9, 1979 


PREACHERS LICENSED (BUT NOT ORDAE 


Rev. Gather Briggs 


January 15, 1916 


Rev. Donald Norwood 


August 1939 


Rev. Paul Shipman 


February 5, 1950 


Rev. Jimmy Burge 


November 25, 1951 


Rev. Carroll Taylor 


February 16, 1958 


Rev. Van McCarley 


September 10, 1969 


Rev. Butch Skerrett 


April 28, 1971 


Rev. Thomas (Tom) Watson 


November 21, 1971 


Rev. Jim Theriac 


1972 


Rev. Bobby Hardin 


December 16, 1981 



REACHERS WHO HAVE BEEN MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH WHO ATTENDED 
FRUITLAND & OTHERS NOT LISTED ELSEWHERE (28) 



Rev. James Alridge 
Rev. Kenneth Bouldin 
Rev. Michael Dukes 
Rev. Toy Davis 
Rev. Tom Hitchcock 
Rev. CD. Johnson 
Rev. Sidney McLeod 
Rev. Bo Moore 
Rev. Jesse Owensby 
Rev. Erskine V. Plemmons 
Rev. Jimmy Riddlehoover 
Rev. Dwight Taylor 
Rev. Doug Whitfield 
Rev. Robert (Sonny) Worth 



Rev. Larry Appleby 

Rev. Jimmy Cash 

Rev. Jimmy Eldreth 

Rev. Dde Guilaran 

Rev. Ted Huntley 

Rev. Earl Lawson 

Rev. Jim Merck 

Rev. Dean Neely 

Rev. Joe Pitre 

Rev. R.H. Pruett 

Rev. Richard Sawyer 

Rev. Charles Thrower 

Rev. Gene Williams 

Rev. Henry Vegter 

Steve Underwood ordained for 

Youth Ministry 



The cement that held all the above endeavors together has been the Holy Spirit being allowed to 
ve and witness through the lives of the individual members daily - in their homes, on the jobs, on 
le streets, or wherever they might be. Without personal godliness in a secular world, the church has 
o hope of winning it's lost community. 



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PICTURES OF SOME SHUT-INS SERVED 
BY THE CHURCH IN THE 60'S 





MRS. ADA STEWART 



MRS. TABITHA STEWART 





MR. GRANT PHILLIPS 



MR. JIM CHAPMAN 



Did You Know... 

That over $10,000 offering was received on a single Sunday after the church burned? This happe: 
on April 28, 1968. 



SUNDAY SCHOOL 

Sunday School, in the memory of most church members, has been and still is one of the most im- 
irtant parts of church life. Probably more people have become introduced to our church through 
inday School classes than by any other means. 

Sunday School is unique in that it has it's own membership apart from the regular church roll. It 
as instituted, from all indication, to be the main arm of outreach for the purpose of attracting the 
ichurched and even the lost people. The classes are usually relatively small which allows the 
sitor some attention yet without producing embarrassment. 

According to the information found about Sunday School in our church records, and from the 
idence found by looking at various pictures located elsewhere in this book, one must conclude that 
is organization of the church has done well. In the old church it was not unusual to find three adult 
asses meeting each Sunday morning in the main auditorium separated only by curtains. One mens 
ass met for a while in the church bus while some of the youth met in the basement of the pastorium 
cated next to the church property. Even with these crowded conditions, growth still continued. 
Various structures of Sunday School have been tried through the years. In the old church and in 
e earlier years of the present building the adult department was made up of ladies, mens, and mix- 
1 classes with no references to age. Later Rev. McCarley led the church into eliminating the mixed 
asses leaving only ladies and men separately and each graded by age at ten year intervals. At the 
esent the church has the three part combination. 

Ages and names for the childrens departments and classes have varied also across the years. Some 
the deviation might have been caused by the type of literature being used. Sometimes the church 
dered Southern Baptist literature while at other times it came from an independent source. The 
lult classes at the present use several modes of Bible study. 

For a better look at the present Sunday School structure, study the pictures in "The Church To- 
ly" section in this book. Some of the Sunday School Superintendents that have served in this 
turch are listed below: 



1915 


J.W. Burge 


1947 


J.W. Riddlehoover 


1923 


G.H. Blankenship 


1951 


Raleigh Maxwell 


1924 


J.C. Hill 


1952 


E.D. Dunlap 


1925 


E. Coker 


1963 


Emerson Searcy 


1926 


A. A. Gregory 


1966 


Harold Pruitt 


1929 


Harvey Erwin 


1972 


Robert Lee Hill 


1930 


W.E. Hammond 


1975 


Douglas Davis 


1943 


W.J. Mills 


1978 


Donnie Stepp 






1981 


Alexander Capps 



VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 

Hie first record that we have on Vacation Bible School was in 1941. The enrollment for some of 
i years are shown below. 



1 162 


4 99 


6 62 


186 


1 158 


2 152 


3 205 


4 195 


5 205 


6 166 



1957 


141 


1959 


178 


1960 


141 


1961 


169 


1962 


171 


1963 


140 


1964 


155 


1965 


155 


1966 


121 


1967 


201 



1970 


165 


1971 


220 


1972 


285 


1973 


361 


1975 


316 


1976 


430 


1977 


330 


1980 


98 


1981 


99 


1982 


158 


1983 


199 



rhese figures along with a few pictures tell us that Balfour has been a strong supporter of Vacation 
Me School. 



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CHURCH TRAINING 

Church training in the former days of our church known as B.T.U. and also Training Un 
somewhat terminated and changed forms at Balfour in 1974. The old style of training helped mi' 
unqualified members to prepare themselves for responsibilities in other phases of church w( 
especially where addressing a group was necessary. Apparently training in the public school syst 
along with experiences on the job and other places of activity in the community eliminated the n* 1 
we once had for the old style training. The training our church provides at the present is more em 
and more specialized to meet certain peoples needs for certain places of responsibilities for a giv 
time. This plan has proven very successful to the on-going of the church. 

For the interest of those that remember B.T.U. and Training Union, the below informatior 
listed: 



Year 


Enrollment 


Director 


1938 


20 




1939 


40 


Helen Hammond 


1940 


22 




1941 


33 




1942 


80 


Crettie Rhodes 


1943 


72 




1944 


51 


Virgil Jones 


1945 


61 




1946 


52 




1947 


88 




1948 


52 




1950 


54 


Carl Hammond 


1951 


56 


Edna Corn 


1952 


80 




1954 


93 




1955 


73 




1956 


67 




1957 


79 




1959 


88 




1960 


52 




1961 


89 




1962 


91 




1963 


72 




1964 


55 




1965 


49 


Mrs. David Lusk 


1966 


62 




1967 


76 


D.E. Whitley 


1968 


94 


Emerson Searcy 


1969 


104 


Robert Lee Hill 


1970 


104 




1971 


140 


Derek Henderson 


1972 


139 




1973 


181 


Thomas Watson 


1974 


212 


Harold Pruitt 



The above information taken from the Carolina Association minutes. 



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MUSIC MINISTRY 



Music has always played an important part in the ministry of Balfour Baptist Church. The choir, 
usicians, choir leaders, and music directors are mentioned throughout the minutes. Mrs. Eye, who 
Is saved after the church was constituted, but was in attendance of the church with her parents 
|»m the beginning, states "The singing was great in the church." 

[The first elected organist listed as "Sister Crawford" was in 1908, and the first mention of a choir 
[ider and pianist was the year 1926. Time after time, it was recorded in the minutes that the choir 
iging was very good. The musicians who played the piano and organ were often accompanied by 
Injos, guitars, accordian, steel guitars, trumpets, and even a bass fiddle. 
(The church will always be grateful and thankful for the faithfulness of men and women who serv- 
lover the years. Each one deserves special recognition for their service, but one was especially 
pstanding. In June, 1967, a plaque was presented to the choir leader, Brother Harvey Erwin which 
lids: 

Harvey Erwin: We the members of Balfour Baptist Church express our love and appreciation for 
years of loyal and devoted service to the church as teacher, chorister, superintendent, and 
aeon. To serve with loyalty is to serve with honor. 




PLAQUE PRESENTED to Harvey 
Erwin for 37 years of service. 



vlany others served, perhaps not as long, but with equal loyalty and faithfulness. Listed among the 
oir leaders were W.P. Maxwell, E.E. Matthews, Harvey Erwin, C.L. Matthews, Fate Matthews, 
irroll Taylor, Arnold Erwin, Doug Whitfield, and the present music director, Brad Searcy. 
The pianists who served were Viola Maxwell, E.A. Erwin, Reba Staggs, Veda Erwin, Francis 
11, Joan Barnett, Pat Green, Ray Corn, Melba Dunlap, and the present pianist, Barbara Capps. 
The organists who served were Sister Crawford, Mrs. Eugene Coker, E.A. Erwin, Anna Belle 
ines, Veda Erwin, Christine Henderson, Linda Johnson, Bill Conner, and the present organist 
ura Ward. 



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A VIEW of the choir led by Doug Whitfield. 



GIFTS AND MEMORIALS 



Over the years, Balfour Baptist Church has been blessed with many generous souls who hav 
given freely to the church. It would be impossible to name each and every gift presented, as I 
definite records were kept concerning this particular matter. According to memory and scattere 
mention in church minutes, however, a very small portion of the gifts are listed below: 

Organ by Mrs. Little 

Offering plates in memory of Mr. Hammond by Berkeley Mills 
Church sign in memory of Danny Bailey and service boys 
Piano in memory of Mrs. Lloyd Fletcher 
Dogwood tree in honor of Cora Justus 

Furnished room in Extended Care Unit of Pardee Hospital in memory of Curtis McCarley b; 
Balfour Church ($2,500.) 
Stained glass windows Oabeled as follows) 

Edgar S. Justus and daughter, Blanche Justus Dunlap 

G.R. and Hazel Green Keith 

Furman and Agnes Fender McCarson 

William and Ella Huntley Maxwell (1873-1948) 

Horace and Fannie McCarson Corn Family 

William and Vannie Melton Screven 

Joseph and Malvina Station Newman 

Servicemen 

In memory of Webster and Jessie Lawrence Erwin (1871-1949 & 1881-1954) 

Ephraim and Lura Shults Matthews and Family 

In memory of George G. Robertson (11/20/1906-2/24/1954) 

Whether mentioned here specifically or not, each and every gift has been deeply appreciated an< 
thankfully accepted by the church membership. God has often provided for our extra needs througl 
people with loving hearts. 

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REVIVAL 

Our hearts have been blessed and revived during many revival meetings held at Balfour Baptist 
lurch. Since the church's beginning revival meetings have played a large part in the lives of 
ilfour's members. 

The Lord is so good to us in so many ways. This is evident in the pages of our church minutes, 
irough prayer, seeking God's will, and the commitment of Christians has God been able to move 
many wonderful ways. 

Most of the revivals lasted at least two weeks. Some revival services also had prayer meetings 
Id in the afternoon. 

In 1933 there was a morning and night service. The Holy Spirit moved among the people with six- 
saved. 

During May 1949, the revival meeting began May 1 and ended May 21. There were fifty -nine 
Dfessions and many were drawn closer to God. 

Balfour's desire for revival is found in the minutes of the meeting held in March 1954. The ser- 
ies were preceeded with nine weeks of prayer meetings held every night at the church. With 
swered prayer there were forty professions. Hearts rejoiced and the congregation continued their 
ayer service for twenty -one weeks! 
If only we will seek God and walk daily with him can we have the sweet spirit of revival. 

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people 
may rejoice in thee? Psalm 85:6 

The first Brush Arbor Camp meeting was held in July 1975. The Brush Arbor was constructed on 
i southside of the church and our revival meetings continued there for several years. Many great 
stors have held the Revival Meetings at Balfour. Below is the newspaper advertisements for some 
the revival meetings. 



ireat Soul Stirring Bible Messages 

BY 

YOUTH EVANGELIST 

LARRY ROBBIHS 

)utstanding ^^^^k 7:30 

Singing Ife m f N I G H T L Y 



By 



Youth 




NURSERY 
^^^^^^^^ Will Be 

Choir | | Provided 

Evangelist Larry Robb'ms 



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Bicentennial Brush Arbor Camp Meeting 




JULY 5-11, BRO. CARL LACKEY 
JULY 11 - 17, DR. PERCY RAY 



Isn't it suitable and becoming that we call 
this area to join us at the altar of God, to praise, 
and honor, and worship God, who alone is responsible 
for the freedom, liberty, che prosperity, and spirit- 
ual blessings we have enjoyed as a Nation for 200 
years . 




Come and Hear 

One of America's 

Most Effective and Powerful 

Speakers 

Dr. Bill Chapman 

Former Pastor of Anita Bryant at the 
Northwest Baptist Church, Miami, Fla. 

Committed To A 
Heaven Sent Revival 

September 3-8 

7:30 P.HI. LIGHTLY 
IMJRSERY HILL BE PROVIDED 



Balfour Baptist Church 

Rev. Condred Pirkle, Pastor 
Asheville Highway — Hendersonville 



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REVIVAL 

February 2 7th -March 5th 



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Nursery 
Will Be 



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>S ^AZUILV TO Ti-h FORMLfi PATRI CIA ft'ESB AND THEV HAVE; 
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ALFOUR BAPTIST CHURCH 

ASHEVUE HIGHWAY - BALFOUR, N. C. 
REV. CUKTIS V. McC A R LEY, Pastor 



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ANNUAL CAMP MEETING 

BALFOUR BAPTIST CHURCH 

2501 ASHEVILLE HWY. HENDERSONVILLE 



COME & HEAR ONE OF AMERICA! 
GREATEST & MOST POHERFtL 

PREACHERS 
DR. PERCY RAY FROM 
MYRTLE, MISSISSIPPI 



DR. PERCY RAY 
EVANGELIST 



JULY 9th - JULY 14th 
7:30 P.M. NIGHTLY 

NURSERY WILL 

BE PROVIDED 

SPECIAL SINGING! 





REV. 
DOIG WHITFIEI 
SINGLING 
LED K\ RE\ 
DOIG UHITFIEU 



[THIS MEETING IS SPONSORED BY BALFOU 
BAPTIST CHIRCH. PASTOR B. CONDRED 
PIRKLE AND TLXEDO BAPTIST ( 111 IU II- 
PASTOR HAROLD McKINNISH. 

BALFOUR 
BAPTIST CHURCH 



2501 ASHEVILLE HWY 



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CHURCH STATISTICS 



SOME AVAILABLE INFORMATION GLEANED FROM OUR 
CAROLINA BAPTIST ASSOCIATIONAL MINUTES 









Total 


Year 


Total Receipts 


Baptised 


Church Members 


1915 




6 


102 


1916 






94 


1918 






88 


1920 






79 


1922 






74 


1924 




9 


77 


1926 




6 


124 


1929 




51 


206 


1930 




15 


221 


1932 




20 


273 


1934 




56 


343 


1939 




29 


477 


1942 




6 


355 


1944 




9 


392 


1946 




10 


386 


1950 


8,666.00 


51 


461 


1952 


13,096.00 


16 


335 


1955 


27,889.00 


6 


513 


1956 


27,305.00 




496 


1957 


27,824.00 


26 


518 


1959 


22,627.00 


24 


510 


1960 


26,540.00 


3 


499 


1961 


27,641.00 


24 


527 


1962 


29,805.00 




526 


1963 


30,968.00 


17 


514 


1964 


26,744.00 


2 


509 


1967 


43,515.00 


37 


548 


1968 


105,150.00 


24 


569 


1969 


64,780.00 


31 


615 


1970 


65,000.00 


22 


629 


1971 


82,949.00 


20 


654 


1972 


68,336.00 


27 


686 


1973 


118,009.00 


16 


713 


1974 


104,818.00 


83 


777 


1975 


114,699.00 


57 


801 


1976 


116,246.00 


23 


737 


1977 


112,071.00 


11 


639 


1978 


102,859.00 


15 


621 


1979 


101,887.00 


14 


598 


1980 


98,139.00 


13 


555 


1981 


83,306.00 


3 


538 


1982 


85,096.00 


9 


541 


1983 


102,961.00 


13 


208 



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BALFOUR CHURCH AT BALFOUR 



The below article was taken from the French Broad Hustler on February 6, 1908. 

The members of the Baptist church at Balfour are making strong efforts to complete their 
building. The roof is almost finished and the windows are yet to be put in. 

They would be glad to receive some aid in their efforts to finish the pretty little church. Everyt 
is paid for, so far, and with even a little assistance from their friends they will soon be able to 1 
ship in the new edifice. 

The congregation is small and they have made many sacrifices to get the building to its pre 
state. 

Any contribution, no matter how small, will be thankfully and gladly received, and those 
terested are urged to communicate at once with either E.J. Rhodes or J.E. Allen, Balfour. 

Remember, no matter how small, your contribution will be thankfully received. 




THE BALFOUR Trio in the early 50's. 
Left to Right: Faith Searcy, Jewel Corn, 
Veda Erwin. 




XANDER CAPPS and Bobby Merrill p 
ing as Wise Men in the 1982 Christn! 
Program. 




REV. RICK and Jackie Clark greeting the 
congregation after service. 




A GROUP fellowshipping in the baseme 
of the church. 



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VIEW of the choir section after the fire. 



ANOTHER VIEW of the old Church. 




UNT CORA Justus and Faith Searcy in 
e church parking lot. 





PRATT HALL was named in honor of 
former Pastor R.N. Pratt at Anderson 
College, Anderson, S.C. 




EV. W.C. Huntlev and Mrs. Agnes Mc- 
arson at Mt. View Baptist Church. 



SOUTHSIDE VIEW of the church being 

reconstructed after the fire. 

83 



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OUR YOUTH group at Camp Caswell in 
July 1985. 



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THE KINDERGARTEN group in 1973. 





XANDER AND Barbara Capps preparing 
refreshments for the Youth at camp. 



LORENE FLETCHER and Edna Whitle; 
enjoying some moments of fellowship. 




HAVING SNACKS in the 
Henderson home after service. 

84 



Woodson 




JUANITA AND Laura Bailey enjoyinj 
each other at Camp Caswell. 



NOW and THEN 




W.C. Huntley conducting a cottage 
rayer service. Christine Henderson 
layed the accordian. 





"MISS OLLIE" McCarley and some 
children in the nursery. 




'HE CHOIR warming up before service. 



STEVE UNDERWOOD, former Youth 
Director. 




IAY CORN and Martha Cannon were 
narried in the basement of the church. 




REV. AND MRS. Clyde Gasperson. 



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SONNY AND BARBARA Worth - Sonny 
was a student at Fruitland. 



— 





JIM AND ELLEN Cobb - Jim was 
member of the church while attendii 
Fruitland Baptist Institute. 




TERRY BONNETT and Cliff Searcy at 
the Valentine Banquet in 1972. 



LEE AND ANNE Hill at a church ba 
quet. 




BOBBY AND KAY Merrill chaperoning a 

youth Valentine Banquet in 1972. 

86 




PAULA LITTLE (Youth Leader). Gra 
Little (Youth Director). 



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JUNIOR GIRLS Sunday School Class in 1942. 




A GROUP OF Intermediate boys with "Miss Eula" Lyda and BUI Schultz. 




HAROLD PRUITT and 
Sam Huntley participating 
in a little contest as Jack 
Taylor, Sidney Pruitt, 
Harry Newman, Jerry 
Souther, Norman Pruitt, 
and some children look 
on. 



87 



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BRAD AND CLIFF Searcy receive perfect 
attendance recognition from Sunday 
School Supt. Raleigh Maxwell in 1961. 
Grandmothers Moenia Sproles and 
Geneva Searcy take part. "Uncle Ferm 
McCarson" is seated on front row on left. 




THE RHODES sisters in front of their 
home in Balfour. 




THE MUSICAL "Down by tl 
Creekbank" being done by Lynn Searc 
Valerie and Miriam Capps, Melissa Bar 
well, Laura Bailey, and Kelly Watkins. 




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REV. CARL Blythe visiting with us < 
ground-breaking day for the new churc 
Beverly Corn is in the background 



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MINUTES OF Church Meeting Dec. 5, 1920. 



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£ATED - Left to Right: Joyce Barnwell, Alice Duncan, Faye Henderson. Standing: Sue 
avis, Hazel Brown, Earl Barnett, Mrs. Marie Huntley, Margaret Dill, Dixie Taylor. 




THIS MONUMENT erected in 1909 
honoring Capt. Thomas Howard in the 
Battle of Round Mountain was built by 
former pastor, Rev. J.B. Arledge accor- 
ding to information received by his 
descendants. The monument is located on 
the left of 1-26 near the S.C. line. 



CMERSON SEARCY presenting Rev. 
nd Mrs. Ralph Banning a gift from the 
hurch in March 1980 after Rev. Banning 
lad served for about six months as interim 
lastor. 




NOW and THEN 




REV. DOUG Whitfield served as 
Associate Pastor under Rev. Condred 
Pirkle. He is now the Pastor of Tux- 
edo 1st Baptist Church. 




MRS. AGNES McCarson in her later 
years. 




A FAMILIAR sight in our fellowship hall. 



90 





DEBT FREE Note Burning, left to righ 
Donnie Stepp, Harry Newman, Re 
Pinkerton, and Rev. Dewey Thorn;' 
(pastor) May 20, 1984. 



REV. AND MRS. Curtis McCarley and 
son, Van. 




NOW and THEN 






MR. AND MRS. Walter Newman. 



A PICTURE of the church before the fire. 
The neon sign on the front was blamed 
with starting the fire during an electrical 
storm. 



Berkeley History 



>y Jerald Wright 

Several questions have been 
asked about how Balfour got its 
name. 

The name Balfour came from the 
family who established the rock 
quarry in the community. Captain 
Mlliam Balfour Troy established the 
quarry in 1889, and produced stones 
for the railroad. The community 
chose the name Balfour in his honor. 

Captain Smythe, founder of Ber- 
keley Mills, wanted to change the 
name of the post office to Smythe, 
but his reauest was turned down by 
the federal post office officials. Cap- 
tian Smythe did however succeed in 
having the railroad station named 
Smythe Station. Even though the sta- 
tion is gone, the siding remains and 
still goes by the name of Smythe. 
Material delivered to Berkeley Mills 
is sent to the Smythe siding. 

In the next issue of the Bulletin 
we will discuss where the name Ber- 
keley originated. 




Ruby Pruitt, Postmaster, is standing 
outside the Balfour Post Office. Capt. 
Smythe sought to change the name 
to Smythe, N.C. 



91 



NOW and THEN 



THE TRYON DAILY BULLETIN PAYS TRIBUTE 
TO REV. J.B. ARLEDGE ON HIS 67TH BIRTHDAY 



Gntcicd as scronJ-class mail maiici AuR(isti<:0, at ilic Post Olfice »t Tryon. N. C. 
undci the Aci of CociK'fss. March }, 1S79. 

1c %\}c tHryun jDa tig ^Bulletin 1c 

Vol. 3. TRYON, N. C, MOND g Y, MAY 19, 1930. No. 94 

Kiwaaiis Distric Governor 

Speaks H< ra Tomorrow 

Prof. Allison W. Honcycutt, sur aent of Hendcrsonville 

schools and governor of North a. 'jouth Carolina* Kiwanis 

.district, will be the chief speaker Z sday at Mimosa Inn. Chas. 
T fc Lynch is the current-event speaker. James S. Massenburg is 

' vi^rh^rgf 1 ,nf rho program^. Songs, rn.u.sic v et cetera. 

Reo. J« B* Arledge 9 67 

All the big papers record the birthdays o\>ohn L>. Rockefeller and Edi- 
son, but to hundreds of people in Polk<ounty mo:? important is the- 
67th biithday of Rev. J. D.' Arledge Cellared yesterday at his home in 
Valhalla. Present beside Mr. and Mrs. Ai Jdge were 11 children and 29 
grandchildren, the in-laws'and a ■ few'ffcnds. Mr. Arledge was born 
jn Polk county and has been a minister Ur the past 20 years. He is now 
serving Friendship and -Silver Creek J'-htist churches. He and all his 
children except one live in Polk- cod vy. The children are W. B., of 
Taylorsville, J. S.v y the SPUCo. lineman* H.L., the rug maker, F.D., the 
otchardist; and slaughters, Mrs. L.E. Mi nie Hipp. Mrs. B.D. Leila Bishop. 
Mrs. W J\ Alice Greefi, Mrs. Grady .lie I a Wyatr, Mrs. Tom Bernice Hines. 
An enjoyable day was spent. Dinner erved on the lawn. 

Rtt^luerford Bankers Fcicc Trial 

News dispatch from Rutherfordton stap S that the gr^pd jury had re 
turned true bills against seven citizens for a«eg e d violation of the. State 
banking laws. They- are: J.L.Taylor, former resident Rutherrord County 
Bank & Trust Co., W.B.Walker, cashier, T.lOates, cashier of the Com- 
mercial fe.S.Tanner S.E.Elmore, J.H. Thorny n nd B.B. Doggett. Trials 
will probably be held in the Fall. All- gave 



92 



NOW and THEN 



Walter Heffners observ 
66th wedding anniversa 



Mr. and Mrs. Walter Heffner of 
Resthaven I, Hendersonville, ob- 
served their 66th wedding anniver- 
sary Saturday, June 22. 

Mrs. Heffner is the former Edith 
Carver, daughter of the late John 
and Alice Fowler Carver. Heffner 
is the son of the late Jake and Mary 
Painter Heffner. They were the 
first couple to be married in Ba!- 
four Baptist Church, on June 22, 
1019, by the Rev. Wade F. Sinclair, 
,: deceased. Both are lifelong 

*idents of Henderson County. 

THIS ARTICLE taken from the June 



They are former residents of South 
Rugby Road, off N.'C. Hwy. 191. 

They are charter members and 
the oldest members of French 
Broad Baptist Church. 

Heffner is a World War I veteran 
and is a retired carpenter 

The Heffners lave three 'laugh- 
ters, Mrs. Floyd Ward, Mildred Ca- 
gle and Mary Ann Russell of Hen- 
dersonville. A son, Walter W. 
Heffner, died in 1955. They also 
have 11 grandchildren and 15 
great-grandchildren. 

28, 1985 edition of the Times News 



mm ends 

iALFOUR WORK 

Baptist Minister Unable 
to Accept Call 13th 
Time by Church 

The Rev. C. E. Blythe, for the 
ist 12 years yastor of the Bal- 
>ur Baptist church delivered his 
aal sermon to the congregation 
i Sunday evening. 
Mr. Blythe was elected as pas- 
»r for the 13th time but was un- 
ble to accept the call. 
At the beginning of his minis- 
y the membership of the church 
umbered '175 and at the pres- 
nt time the church roll contains 
50 persons. Four new Sunday 
^hool rooms have been added to 
le church and the entire build- 
ig ha3 been brick veneered. 

Members of the congregation 
raised highly the work done by 
tt. Blythe in his 12 years as their 
astor and officials of the church 
^pressed deep regret that he was 
nable to serve them for a longer 
jeriod. 



OX T11E STATE OF r.Kl.KilON. 

The committee on the state of re- 
ligion report that the Holy Spirit of 
God seems to be abroad anions the 
churches. That much good seems to 
be done in the way of bringing sin- 
ners to repentance. But we don't 
think that there is that kind of feel- 
ing existing between churches and 
christians that should. Our churches 
need a better understanding of Bible 
discipline, and they fail to agreat ex- 
tent, to look after the wants of their 
pastors, which wo hope, w.ll be reme- 
died. If our churches and brethren 
would subscribe for some good re- 
ligious paper it would give us a cor- 
rect knowledge on both points. May 
we all endeavor to work and pray 
more for Zion and each other. All of 
which is respectfully submitted by 

J. W. MlDOLKTON, ChllCll. 

Read and adopted. 

AN EXCERPT from the 1st annual ses- 
sion of the Carolina Association — Oct. 
19-20, 1877 



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Cyl 5 tm txp?f5\sion 0/ our /oPc 
C^J. and gratitude to one whose 
noble example has ever inspired 
us to greater thoughts and. deeds, 
who has opened to on: minds 
new I'isias oj Spiritual c Seauty, 
and who has eternally endeared 
himselj to the heart oj every stu- 
dent, we lovingly and loyally 
dedicate this volume oj 

(iC &he. Sororian" 



THE ANDERSON College year book, "The Sororian" was dedicated to Rev. 
R.N. Pratt in the year of his death, 1928. 



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THE 

CHURCH 
TODAY 



120 




PASTOR AND Family, left to right: Amy 
Thomas, Bettie Thomas, Laura Thomas; stan- 
ding, Rev. Dewey Thomas. 





SOCIATE PASTOR, Rev. Rick Clark. 



YOUTH & EDUCATION Director, Gray 
Little. 




URCH SECRETARY, "Miss Edna" 
rn. 




PART-TIME Secretary, Barbara Capps. 



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PASTOR & DEACONS: Front Row: Rev. 
Dewey Thomas. Back Row: Minuard 
Bailey, Harold Pruitt, Xander Capps, 
Donnie Stepp, Bob Merrill, Brad Searcy. 





ASST. TREASURER, Donnie Stepp; 
Treasurer, Bobby Merrill. 





SUNDAY SCHOOL Assistant Director i 
Secretary, Donnie Stepp; Sunday Schoc 
Director, Xander Capps. 



CHURCH CLERK, Ruby Pruitt. 



122 





EDIA CENTER, Sharion Bolden, staff; 
lith Searcy, Media Director. 



CHAIRMAN OF Ushers, Tom Jackson. 




MUSIC: Barbara Capps, Pianist (seated), 
Laura Ward, Organist, Brad Searcy, 
Minister of Music. 



IR: Front Row: Faith Searcy, 

le Bailey, Lynn Searcy, Mary 

Searcy, Ora Henderson, Laura 

1 (organist), Barbara Capps 

list); Second Row: Valerie 

is, Paula Little, Joan Benson, 

fed Stepp, Ruby Pruitt, Barbara 

Third Row: Xander Capps, 

Searcy, Chad Merrill, Daniel 

y, Arnold Erwin, Brad Searcy 

tor); Fourth Row: Emerson 

iy, Bob Pittman, Cliff Searcy. 




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CHILDREN'S CHOIR: First Row: Misty 
Overcash, Kasey Case, Amy Thomas, 
Chris Souther, Jamie Overcash; Second 
Row: Rachael Cabe, Teresa Newman, 
Kristy Mason, Barbara Capps (director), 
Jeremy Bolden, Klay Anderson. 




W.M.U.: First Row: Barbara Pac 
Marilyn Pitt man, Ruby Pruitt; Back Roi 
Laura Ward, Myrtle Worsham, Li 
McMahan, Moenia Sproles, Emi 
Darnell, Edna Corn (director). 



Did You Know... 

That the Balfour Baptist and the Balfour Methodist congregations alternated between the two f 
joint prayer services and revivals, especially in the early 40's? 







B.Y.W.: First Row: Debi Ward, Paula Little, Lisa Finley, Lisa Searcy; Back Row: Melis 
Bryson, Connie Stewart, Rita Laughter, Rene' Biddix, Lynn Searcy (leader), Lisa Stepp. 

124 




ACTEENS: First Row: Jennifer 
Wood, Tracy Worsham, Paula 
Little (adult leader), Julie Par- 
tin, Missy Bailey; Back Row: 
Tamela Braswell, Angel 
Watkins, Mary Beth Searcy, 
Kelly Watkins, Tammy Green, 
Valerie Capps, Jessica Podelski. 



As: First Row: Amy Thomas, 
risty Mason, Rachael Cabe, 
isty Overcash, Shannon 
mther; Second Row: Renee' 
ddix (helper), Emily Darnell 
dult leader), Miriam Capps, 
eresa Newman, Juanita 
mther (helper). 





MISSION FRIENDS: First Row: 
Laura Ann Thomas, Krista 
McKinney, Joseph Bailey, Trent 
Phillips, Keith Merrill; Second 
Row: Judy Br it tain (helper), 
Kacey Case, Rebecca Cabe, An- 
thony McKinney, Melissa Barn- 
well (helper), Ruby Pruitt (adult 
leader). 




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RAs (Older Group): First Row: Kim Myers, Dale Pace, Kevin King, Timmy Harwood; Second 
Row: Robbie Kuykendall, Sammy Case, Chad Merrill, Doug Searcy, Steve Rice, Matthew 
Wood; Third Row: Richard Pruitt (adult leader), Michael Worsham, Phil Darnell, Andy 
Overcash (helper), Kenny Harwood. 



RAs (Younger Group): First Row: 
Chris Souther, Jamie Overcash, 
Daniel Brittain; Second Row: Jeremy 
Bolden, Klay Anderson, James 
Newman, Kevin Jackson, Xander 
Capps (adult leader). 





PUPPET TEAM: First Row: Kelly Watkins, Joan Benson, Daniel Bailey, Tamela 
Braswell, Valerie Capps; Second Row: Doug Searcy, Chad Merrill, Juanita Bailey, 
Laura Bailey, Angel Watkins. 

126 




JOY CLASS: First Row: Melinda Davis, Moenia Sproles, Irene Hill, Lila McMahan, Ersie 
Collins; Second Row: Callie Flynn, Ora Henderson, Stella Foster, Katherine Jones, Belle Mat- 
thews, Val Gasperson (teacher), Jessie Miller, Grace Stepp, Sarah Pruitt, Tilda Davis. 




SENIOR ADULTS: Front Row: Phyllis Bailey, William Bailey, Jack Taylor, Minuard Bailey 
(teacher), Charles Garren; Back Row: Donald Ward, Katherine Ward, Vesta Laughter, J.B. 
Stan sell. 




MEDIAN ADULT I: Seated: Doris Nichols, Cecil Benson, Betty Benson, Pam Walker, Judy 
Br ii tain, Geneva Rogers, Juanita Souther, Jim Rogers, Pat Harwood, Bill Bude, Judy 
Sanowskis, Doris Bude, Tippy Guffey. Standing: Sam Huntley, Juanita Newman, Earl 
Newman, Carol Mullinax, Dean Mullinax, Jerry Souther, Dan Green, Harry Schenimann, 
Marilyn Schenimann. Johnny Mason, Shelia Mason, Emerson Searcy (teacher), Jean Mercer. 

_ 




MEDIAN ADULT II: Front Row, Left to Right, Seated: Jane Ray, Phillis Moore, Stella 
Jackson, Sharion Bolden, Diane Braswell and Lynne Cabe; Standing: Harold Pruitt (teacher), 
Marilyn Pitman, Barbara Capps, Bob Pitman, James Pace, Tom Jackson, Michael Bolden, 
Kay Merrill, Barbara Pace. 



PASTOR'S CLASS: Front Row: 
Caroll Painter, Marie Painter, Rev. 
Dewey Thomas (teacher), James 
Peace, Marie Peace; Second Row: 
Buck Wood, Sandy Wood, Jerry 
Hall, Joyce Hall, Charlie Bonnett; 
Third Row: Carolyn Warren, Louise 
Stansell, Harold Stansell, John 
Hughes, Janice Hughes; Fourth row: 
Hugh Perry, Ruth Perry, Betty 
Haney, Harry Whidden, Helen 
Whidden; Fifth Row: Edna Corn, 
Harvey Raines, Neil Wallace, Rida 
Wallace. 





ADULT BD3LE CLASS: Raymond Carpenter, Robert Nichols, Bill Ward 
(teacher), Hubert collins, Krystler Jamerson. 

128 




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YOUNG ADULTS: First Row: Brad Searcy, Debi Ward, Lisa Finley, Laura Phillips, Melissa 
Bryson, Lisa Searcy, Connie Stewart; Back Row: Rene' Biddix, Rita Warren, Arthur Ward, 
Scott Stewart, Cliff Searcy (teacher), Lynn Searcy. 



YOUTH I, left to right, First Row: 
Eric Schenimann, Joshua Moore, 
James Black well, James Newman, 
Kevin Jackson; Back Row: 
Richard Anderson (teacher), 
Harry Newman (teacher), Erich 
Cabe, Jason King, Jeff Corriher, 
Shannon Souther, Heather 
Huntley, Miriam Capps, Mildred 
Stepp (teacher), Barbara 
Carpenter (Dept. Director). 





YOUTH H: Front Row: Kevin King, Doug Searcy, Michael Worsham, Eddie Mercer, Darrin 
Parker, Steve Rice, Bryon Nichols, Sammy Case, Eric Partin, Johnny Black well; Second Row: 
Gray Little (Youth Director), Paula Little (Youth Leader), Julie Partin, Joy Partin, Renee' 
Rogers, Tammy Green, Kelly Watkins, Jessica Podelski, Missy Bailey, Jackie Podelski, Man- 
die Allison, Renee' Schenimann, Tamela Bras well, Sidney Pruitt, Kenny Harwood; Third 
Row: Phil Carpenter, Dale Pace, Richie Allison, Jason Moore, Daniel Bailey, Chad Merrill, 

Alan Rogers, Timmy Harwood, Phil Darnell, Kim Myers. 

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BIBLE LEARNERS Front Row: Jeremy Stepp, Chris Souther, Heather Huntley, Nickoh 
Henderson, Rachael Cabe, Stacey Rogers, Kelley Schenimann; Second Row: Joey Black well 
Amy Thomas, Josh Guffey, Teresa Newman, Kristy Mason, Klay Anderson, Jeremy Bolden 
Trent Waggoner, Jeremiah Guffey, and teachers Juanita Newman, Diane Stepp, Laurs 
Ward. 




PRESCHOOL B & C: First Row: Sean Green, Jason Mercer, Nathan Ward, Eddie Wingate 
Trinity Philips, Christa McKinney, Brynne Scott, Laura Ann Thomas; Second Row: Rub} 
Pruitt (Director), Craig Stepp, Keith Merrill, Joseph Bailey, Leon Henderson, Anthom 
McKinney, Joshua Laughter, Kacey Case; Third Row: Stephanie Hardin, Car la Ledbetter 
Rebecca Cabe, Nichole Laughter (visitor), Jonathan Stepp, Willie Henderson, Sherry Corn 
Jessica Guffey, Teela Waggoner (visitor), Arlene Watkins (teacher - 3 year olds), June Pruiti 
(teacher /director Preschool Childrens' Worship). 



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NURSERY CHILDREN left to 
right: Jessica Moore, Jacob 
Moore, Heather Walker, Heather 
Ward, Joseph Laughter, Lauren 
Searcy, Brian Mason, Chay Scott. 
Teachers seated: Kathleen Mar- 
tin, Jessie Newman; Back Row: 
Bettie Thomas (director), Emily 
Darnell, Melissa Bryson, Connie 
Stewart, Michael Stewart, Mary 
Frances Jamerson. 




MATTHEW WOOD, Jamie Overcash, Jennifer Wood, Misty 
Overcash, Mary Beth Searcy, Meredith Searcy, Angel Watkins. 




FRONT ROW: David Clark, Adam Clark; Se- 
cond Row: Pauline Crone, Rev. Rick Clark, 
Jackie Clark. 



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CHURCH ROLL 



Richard Anderson 
Loretta Anderson 
Joyce Bailey 
Minuard Bailey 
Solene Bailey 
Daniel Bailey 
Laura Bailey 
Juanita Bailey 
William Bailey 
Phyllis Bailey 
Martha Barnwell 
Cecil Benson 
Betty Benson 
Joan Benson 
Randy Biddix 
Rene ' Biddix 
Johnny Blackwell 
Michael Bolden 
Sharion Bolden 
Jeremy Bolden 
Charles Bonnett 
Helen Bonnett 
Barry Bonnett 
Joe Braswell 
Diane Braswell 
Texie Bradley 
Judy Brittain 
Joy Brooks 
Steven Brooks 
Jewel Brooks 
Melissa Bryson 
Bill Bude 
Doris Bude 
Oberia Burnett 
Lynne Cabe 
Erich Cabe 
II sa Cabe 
Alexander Capps 
Barbara Capps 
Miriam Capps 
Valerie Capps 
Barbara Carpenter 
Philip Carpenter 
Steven Carpenter 
Grady Case 
Mary Lee Case 
Richard Clark 
Jackie Clark 
David Clark 
Hubert Collins 
Ersie Collins 
Dewey Corn 
Edna Corn 
Pauline Crone 
Emily Darnell 



Rusty Darnell 

Philip Darnell 

Melinda Davis 

Matilda Davis 

Bobby Deaver 

Angie Deaver 

James (Buddy) Duckett 

Debbie Duckett 

Arnold Erwin 

Mary Erwin 

Callie Flynn 

Stella Foster 

Charles Garren 

Valderine Gasperson 

Dan Green 

Sherry Green 

Tammy Green 

Joyce Hall 

Walter Alonzo Haney 

Betty Haney 

Patricia Harwood 

Tim Harwood 

Mrs. G.B. Heaton 

Ora Henderson 

Irene Hill 

Sammy Huntley 

Marie Huntley 

Hope Huntley 

Thomas Jackson 

Stella Jackson 
Kevin Jackson 
Krystler Jamerson 
Mary Frances Jamerson 
Katherine Jones 
Cora Justus 
Robby Kuykendall 
Pat Lance 
John Laughter 
Pauline Laughter 
Vesta Laughter 
Sidney Gray Little 
Paula M. Little 
John Lynn 
Ethel Lynn 
James Martin 
Kathleen Martin 
John Mason 
Shelia Mason 
Kristy Mason 
Voyle Massey 
Belle Matthews 
Herbert McGaha 
Cathleen McKinney 
Lila McMahan 
Jean Mercer 



Bobby Merrill 
Kay Merrill 
Chad Merrill 
Jessie Miller 
Midge Moody 
Dorothy Moody 
Phyllis Moore 
Jason Moore 
Joshua Moore 
Dean Mullinax 
Carol Mullinax 
Harry Newman 
Jessie Newman 
Earl Newman 
Juanita Newman 
James Newman 
Teresa Newman 
Bryon Nichols 
Doris Nichols 
Robert Nichols 
Andy Overcash 
Sonji Overcash 
James Pace 
Barbara Pace 
Dale Pace 
Julie Partin 
Joy Partin 
Marie Peace 
Hugh Perry 
Ruth Perry 
Michael Perry 
Laura Phillips 
Marilyn Pittman 
Bob Pittman 
Terry Plott 
Shelia Plott 
Jackie Podelski 
Jessica Podelski 
Gerald Pruitt 
Cheryl Pruitt 
Harold Pruitt 
Ruby Pruitt 
Sidney Pruitt 
Richard Pruitt 
Darlene Pruitt 
Norman Pruitt 
June Pruitt 
Sarah Pruitt 
Harvey Raines 
Irene Raines 
Icey Revis 
Holt Rhodes 
Jennie Rhodes 
Tammy Rhodes 



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James Rogers 
Geneva Rogers 
Renee ' Rogers 
Harry Schenimann 
Marilyn Schenimann 
Renee ' Schenimann 
Eric Schenimann 
Geneva Searcy 
Emerson Searcy 
Faith Searcy 
Mary Beth Searcy 
Doug Searcy 
Clifton Searcy 
Lisa Searcy 
Brad Searcy 
Lynn Searcy 
Stanley Shealy 
Rhonda Shealy 
George Shook 
Laura Shook 
Connie Skillen 
Jerry Lee Souther 
Juanita Souther 
Shannon Souther 
Moenia Sproles 
Clarence Stansell 
Helen Stansell 



Harold Stansell 
Louise Stansell 
J.B. Stansell 
Nancy Stansell 
R.G. Stepp 
Mildred Stepp 
Vickie Stepp 
Donald Gene Stepp 
Diane Stepp 
Wayne Stepp 
Donna Stepp 
Bruce Stepp 
Grace Stepp 
Brooks Stepp 
Lisa Stepp 
Scott Stewart 
Connie Stewart 
Jack Taylor 
Rev. Dewey Thomas 
Bettie Thomas 
Amy Thomas 
Neal Wallace 
Rida Wallace 
Bill Ward 
Laura Ward 
Donald Ward 
Katherine Ward 



Arthur Ward 
Debbie Ward 
Jerry Warren 
Rita Warren 
Larry Warren 
Carolyn Warren 
Russell Warren 
Arlene Watkins 
Angela Watkins 
Kelly Watkins 
Nancy Williams 
Constance Wingate 
Harold Wood 
Sandy Wood 
Matthew Wood 
Jennifer Wood 
Myrtle Worsham 
Tracy Worsham 
Michael Worsham 
Non Resident: 
Norma Jean Burnett 
Sandy Briggs 
Sharon Dunlap 
Nancy Harwood 
Steve Mason 
Barbara O'Brien 
Terry O'Connor 



)id You Know... 

i the early days of the church, the congregation met one weekend a month unless special meetings 
'ere called? ^^^^^^^^^^^^ 

)id You Know... 

'he church prayed for 9 weeks before revival in March 1954 and continued praying for 21 weeks 
fter. 40 to 50 were professions. 



)id You Know... 

"he practice of giving Bibles to high school graduates from our church started June 7, 1959? 

)id You Know... 

anuary 24, 1965 - A sick member wanted to be in church so bad that her family hired an ambulance 
d bring her? 



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It's amazing how God works in each one of our 
lives. God has blessed richly and guided us through 
times when we were discouraged. He opened doors 
that only he could open and we pray that through our 
efforts you can see how Christ has worked through 
the lives of Christians here at Balfour Baptist 
Church. May God have all the Glory for all he 
has done and all that he's going to do. 



/^O^L.yA /l+ 




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